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Press release

"SPACE 1999"


Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, accompanied by Barry Morse, fly into a bizarre,
excitement-filled and breath- takingly spectacular future when they star in the
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series "SPACE 1999".

Filmed in England for ITC, the series consists in the first place of 24 one-hour
segments, produced in association with RAI (Italian State Television).

The programmes have all the fascination of fast- moving science-fiction on a

scale never before attempted, stretching production ingenuity to new limits.

It also means that Martin Landau and Barbara Bain - husband and wife in private
life - can again be seen together on television screens. "Space 1999" is their first
co-starring series since their memorable teaming in 80 episodes of the
internationally popular "Mission: Impossible".

Viewers will join them on Moon Base Alpha, a logical development to man having
conquered and probed the secrets of the moon.

What is the next step in lunar adventure?

The belief that the moon may one day be used as a base for scientific
investigation of deep space and, if necessary, also become the first outpost of
earth's defence system should threats come from planets outside our solar
system has inspired this new series.

Much can happen in a quarter-of-a-century, but the end of the 1900's is not
sufficiently distant to be remote from the lives of people today. "Space 1999" is
therefore futuristic science fiction with its roots in the present day, the people in it
not super-developed humans of some unknown future when the world will have
changed beyond recognition, but identifiable men and women of our own
generation, their looks and emotions changed very little from now. Viewers will
therefore feel closely akin to the characters, most of whom have been born
during or before the 1970's.

Stepping dramatically into the future, the stars find themselves on the moon
when it is blasted; by violent explosions caused by dumped nuclear waste from
earth. The moon is pulled out of orbit moving inexorably away from Earth into a
terrifyingly unknown world - the world of deep space.
"When we began," admits the script consultant, Christopher Penfold, "we were in
very much the same situation as the characters. We had the basic premise of a
colony stranded on the runaway moon, without any means of controlling its
movements. Obviously, there was a limit to the dramas that could take place on
the moon itself and it was only as the writing of the series developed that ever-
widening potentialities presented themselves.

"Gerry Anderson's own description is that the moon is a rogue planet wandering
at random through space. But with the gravitational pull from other planets and
stars, there is always the possibility of finding a new home, with gravity and a
natural supply of oxygen, which could offer fresh life for the moon's inhabitants.
This is a theme that runs through the scenarios: the search for a new hone away
from the artificial environment of the moon.

"But as fresh ideas were tossed around, we realized more and more that there
are mysteries in outer space which are beyond man's understanding and that we
could dramatise these. Time, as we know it, means nothing. Distance, as we
know it, is incomprehensible. We assume that there is life on other planets, with
civilizations and mental developments millions of years older than on earth. The
possibilities are as limitless as space itself."

"Space 1999" therefore swings right out of any conventional sci-fi dimensions, at
the same time taking advantage of all the scientific facts that are known, such as
the existence of a phenomenon known as a "Black sun," a mass of gaseous
substance developing into an impenetrable ball from a burned out asteroid, with
such tremendous gravitation that it pulls everything into it, even light. Anything
near it simply disappears. It upsets all theories of existence, even time. This
provides the background to one episode. Time ceases to have any meaning. The
players find themselves in eternity, with the sudden conviction that the whole
universe is a living thought.

In other episodes, they meet up with aliens from other planets who possess
fantastic powers. In one story, the Moonbase personnel encounter aliens who
have discovered the secret of decomposing atoms, reducing objects to their
atomical elements which can be transported through space and then

In another story, they encounter members of a dying planet who have been sent
out in spaceships in search of a planet which might sustain its kind of life. One,
planned to reach Earth, has a crew of six in a state of suspended animation for
three-and-a-half centuries before it crash-lands on the moon.

Another story finds the stars living simultaneously in their own time and in the
future, with schizophrenia taking on a physical meaning as the moon and the
people on it become duplicated. Another time, a member of Moonbase personnel
is gripped by a strange and terrifying power from outer space which robs him of
all heat. Everything he touches turns to ice and, in his desperate search for heat,
he becomes a lethal weapon of destruction.

The reach other planets, with eerie results. They face disaster because of an
unmanned spaceship, launched from earth fifteen years earlier, has developed a
fault which has brought destruction to everything coming close to it, polluting
space with results that have destroyed life on whole planets.

Space is full of unexpected objects. There is always the risk of collision with
asteroids and other planets. Every day brings new and frightening danger.

And there is drama on the moon itself, between the people on it, with the birth of
the first baby in space and the human relationships. These are real people, not
puppets there simply to provide the elements for gripping science-fiction
adventures. The relationships between the characters have an impelling appeal -
relationships sharpened by the remarkable situation in which they find
themselves, all communications with earth severed and never knowing from day
to day what will happen to them.

Moonbase Alpha

Moonbase Alpha is no small complex. It is a colony of its own, consisting of some

three hundred men and women who have been working on the scientific tasks.

This provides a deep well of characters who need be seen only in one episode. It
is thus possible for famous guest-stars to appear, and among those to be seen,
either from the base itself or on or from other planets, are Richard Johnson,
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Margaret Leighton, Roy Dotrice, Cyd Hayman,
Ian McShane, Catherine Schell, Michael Culver and Jeremy Kemp.

And there are beautiful girls by the score to fulfil the various tasks from nursing to
control operators.

Approximately half of the moon remains after the vast explosion which has ripped
away the dark half. The remaining part contains a vast, ultra-modern laboratory
with living quarters. It is a pressurised existence.

Personal can leave the base only in space suits or in one of the spaceships
known as Eagles, entered through travel tubes resembling ultra-modern
Underground train compartments and completely sealed.

Oxygen is supplied to make normal living conditions possible in the base. From
time to time, the characters are seen in their living quarters, in which, within
limits, they can pursue their normal earth-bound leisure interests. These
represent a cross-section of the international personalities and reflect their
personalities: They have a restaurant, gymnasium, artificial sun-ray solarium. As
near as possible, therefore, their Moonbase life is as near as can be to normal.
The adventures which befall them are not!

The principal setting is the Main Mission - a large, futuristic science laboratory
dominated by a huge computer and scientific instruments of every kind,
operators at work the whole time.

The Computer is one of the stars of the series, able to work out the most obtuse
of mathematical problems, estimate distances and time, forewarn of obstacles,
contact other planets, decree what actions can be taken and which should not be
attempted, answer almost any question put to it.

And it speaks. Its voice belongs to one of the best-known Canadian actresses
living in England. She wishes to remain anonymous: "Because it would destroy-
the illusion. Anyway, I doubt if people would recognize my voice. It's completely
changed by using echo chambers!" But she won't deny her identity if viewers can
spot who she is!

From Central Control, probes are launched, contact is kept with everyone in the
Base. It is the heart-beat of Moonbase Alpha.

All sections have colour codes for identification purposes, and the personnel in
the various sections are also identified by these colours. The only person with an
exclusive: colour to himself is the Commander of the base, John Koenig, played
by Martin Landau, whose identification is black.

Main Mission is flame. The reconnaissance section is orange, the service section
is yellow, the technical section is rust, the medical section is white and the
security section is yellow. For viewers of colour television sets, these distinctive
colours will help considerably in recognizing immediately which section is being

Magic "Key".

All members of Moonbase Alpha carry what is known as a "commlock".

It is a remarkable device, carrying a photograph of its possessor for identification,

each programmed to answer when called. An array of press buttons brings into
play its many operations. It needs pressure on one button to open doors, another
to contact the various departments, another to bring into play a two-way
television system, the pictures seen on a miniature screen at one end of the
commlock. It provides an immediate means of contacting other personnel,
wherever they may be.

Thus, thanks to the commlock, doors open automatically when the right button is
Commander Koenig's commlock is also able to impart instructions from him to
the computer, telling it to shut down if necessary. He is the only man able to
make this order.

The Principal Characters

John Koenig, Commander of Moonbase Alpha, is American, an astrophysicist of

high repute who has been a pilot and an astronaut in his time. His interests have
always been in science and he has been responsible for the planning and control
of many outstanding space missions. Asked to help on Alpha's design, he has
been gradually drawn into the project and finally persuaded to become its

Koenig has a flair for leadership, both in regard to the scientific aspects of the job
and consideration for those working for him. He is used to sorting out problems
but none so complex as those now facing him on the runaway moon!

As a man, it might be said, there are two streaks to him. One is his computer-like
mind, highly efficient and tending to be ruthless. The other is an introspective
strain which is apt to make him moody. He has been married but devotion to his
work has led to the break-up of his marriage, a scar that still has searing
moments for him and affects his cautious relationship with women.

One point of interest is that though viewers meet him in the future year of 1999,
his impressionable years go back to the- present day. He can remember man's
first flights to the moon. He was then, of course, a schoolboy born in 1959.

He has grown up in the space age, but one has the impression that he is not too
happy with the state of humanity towards the end of the century. He is therefore a
man with one foot in the past and one foot somewhere in the future.

Dr. Helena Russell is in her early thirties. She was born when the first
explorations of the moon were taking place. American, she is the daughter of a
West Coast physician and she has followed in her father's medical footsteps,
gradually expanding into the challenges of space medicine, rising in her
profession to become Moonbase Alpha's Chief of Medical Section.

She has been married but her husband, whom she met at medical school and
who also became involved in space medicine, has disappeared on a space
mission. Nothing has been heard of him again and she is, to all intents and
purposes, a widow. Emotionally, she has retired into the womb of her job but is
still nevertheless very feminine and there is little doubt that a strong attachment
is soon formed with John Koenig, with the question mark of whether this growing
affection will lead to love.
Professor Bergman, is to some degree the father figure of the key personnel on
Moonbase Alpha. He is older than the others and was a young man when space-
exploration began. He can remember when a visit to the moon was the figment of
Jules Verne-type imaginations.

To some extent, he is very much the proverbial professor. He has a brilliant mind
which has been responsible for a number of developments in space science, but
he is unworldly in many practical matters. In some ways, he reminds one of a 19 th
century scientist rather than a man of the late 20 th century, though physically he is
more a part of the new era than he appears. He is something of a philosopher
and very much of a humanist.

Bergman is unusual in one respect. An early illness led to his having a

mechanical heart-replacement. This, because it responds more slowly to nervous
stimuli than does a normal human heart, reduces his reactions to most emotional
stresses. Whatever the situation, he is almost entirely physically immune from
panic. The chief danger he faces is that a ruthless or desperate person might be
able to interfere with his mechanical heart and so upset his finely tuned
metabolism. For the same reason, he also faces dangers in unexpected outer
space situations which do not affect others.

The Stars

Martin Landau

The teeming of Martin Landau with his wife Barbara Bain in "Space 1999" is an
exciting one. It recalls the tremendous success they had as co-stars of the first
80 episodes of the internationally popular "Mission: Impossible" series.

But they are not a husband and wife team in the way that so many players of the
Lunt-Fontanne school are. They have their own independent careers, and Martin
Landau's own career has been an outstanding one on stage, television and in
films alike.

Acting was not a premeditated career for the 6'3" dark-haired New Yorker (born
in Brooklyn; birthday June 20th), although he was always interested and
fascinated by the theatre.

It seemed at first that his career would be in art. He studied at the Pratt Institute
and the Art Students League in New York and became a staff artist, cartoonist
and illustrator on the New York Daily News.

It was a well-paid job. The weekly pay-check came in regularly. But it was the
security of it, more than anything else, that brought about his rebellion. He could
see himself doing exactly the same work for the remainder of his life if he left it
too late to break away from it. Life, he felt, had more to offer than being stuck in
the same job all the time.

So he quit. And became an actor. The decision was made on the spur of the
moment, but he had been thinking about it for sometime.

It wasn't easy, of course. The first thing to discover was whether or not he held it
in him to become an actor, and he succeeded in getting summer stock work
which enabled him to assess his own potentialities. Analytical self-appraisal
satisfied him that the potentialities were there but that an ability to act was not
something that just happened. It needed bringing out, professional training. So
for the next three years he studied at drama classes, worked with "little theatre"
groups and did some off-Broadway plays.

After this, another season of summer stock, a further off-Broadway appearance

and a small-part in a "live" show for his TV debut.

He then went to Lee Strasberg's world-famous Actors Studio to continue his

training and to become a lifetime member of The Studio.

His career developed steadily. There was no spectacular overnight success. His
roles varied enormously. He was a psychopathic killer in a tour of "Detective
Story"; a millionaire playboy in "Stalag 17".

New York followed. He was in a revival of Franz Werfel's "Goat Song", portraying
the role originally played in 1926 by Alfred Lunt. Though still in his twenties, he
played the fifty-year-old Dr. Astrov in Chekov's "Uncle Vanya".

He also did some drama teaching. While assisting Curt. Conway, an ambitious
young (and extremely beautiful) high fashion model named Barbara Bain came
along. With more than a modelling career in mind, she was studying both modern
dance and drama. Both admit that it was anything but love at first sight. They
disliked one another intensely. A little later, it was a very different story,
developing from their meeting in the more relaxed atmosphere of a party.

By this time, things were beginning to happen for Martin. He had landed a
prominent role with Edward G. Robinson in Paddy Chayefsky's play "Middle of
the Night" It had a long run on Broadway and then took off on tour. An ideal
opportunity, Martin and Barbara decided, to get married and treat the tour as a
honeymoon, especially as Barbara succeeded in joining the cast.

"Middle of the Night" finished its run in Los Angeles the Landaus stayed on for a
two weeks' vacation - and remained. A new chapter had opened in their careers.
Martin made his movie debut as a sinister spy in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by
Northwest", and was established right away on the screen. One movie followed
another: "Pork Chop Hill", "The Gazebo", "Cleopatra", (which took him to Rome,
Egypt, Spain and London), "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "The Hallelujah Trail"
and "Nevada Smith". And numerous T.V. roles.

It remained for television to make his name a household word throughout the
world. He was asked if he would appear in the first episode of "Mission:
Impossible". It was an intriguing prospect. He was to portray 'Rollin Hand', master
of disguise, and it meant appearing in five different characterizations in the one

The rest is history. With Barbara as 'Cinnamon Carter' in the same series, they
remained for 80 episodes.

Martin hasn't done a series since then until linking up professionally again with
his wife for "Space 1999". In the intervening years, he has continued his movie
career and has travelled widely, his work taking him to Sicily, Rome, Yugoslavia,
Spain and elsewhere for such pictures as "Win" (for Dino de Laurentis), "They
Call Me MISTER Tibbs", "A Town Called Bastard", "Black Gunn", "Mission
Impossible: vs The Mob", and "Welcome Home Johnny Bristol", plus guest shots
on numerous TV programmes and movies made for television.

He and Barbara have two daughters, Susan Meredith and Juliet Rose.


Barbara Bain has no reason to be superstitious. She came into the world one
Friday the 13th, and it was quite an auspicious start: to life. She didn't wait until
her mother arrived at the maternity hospital but was born in a car en route for the

Which may have been unlucky for her mother, but Barbara is the first to agree
that she herself has been lucky all her life. Lucky to have made it as a high
fashion model very early in her career. Lucky to have met Martin Landau while
she was still a drama .student. Lucky to have had a very happy marriage which
has lasted since February 10th 1957. Lucky to be the mother of two adorable
daughters. Lucky in her career and particularly lucky to have won fans in every
corner of the globe as the modern Mata Hari "Cinnamon Carter" in the "Mission:
Impossible" series. And now, she says, lucky to find herself working all the time
for a whole year once more with her husband in "Space 1999".

And, of course, lucky to have been born beautiful: She's blonde, with green eyes
and 5'7" in height. And ifs not miscasting that she should be portraying an
extremely intelligent doctor in "Space 1999". At school, she gained her B.S.
degree in Sociology.
Acting was not in her mind when she made her way from home-town Chicago,
Illinois, to New York. She wanted to become a dancer, and she enrolled as a
student of modern dance under Martha Graham. But a girl has to live and also
pay the rent. A part-time job was needed. Barbara had the looks and the figure
which, a friend suggested, could get her into modelling. In less than no time, she
was a highly successful model. It wasn't a career that she liked, even though it
more than paid the rent and her dance studies.

Dancing was just one step from acting, and she decided to take drama lessons.
To do so, she visited the Curt Conway acting School without guessing how much
this was going to affect her private life as well as her career. At first, she was
profoundly unimpressed by Conway's part-time assistant, Martin Landau, any
more than he was impressed by her. A week later, they met at a party. Both
reversed their early impressions. Before they night was out, they were in love, or
well on the way to being in love at any rate.

Barbara began her acting in summer stock. A few TV roles came her way. Then
she and Martin got married. In fact, they married twice, the first time at New
York's City Hall, followed ten days later by a religious ceremony.

Martin was just off on tour with the play "Middle of the Night", and Barbara
succeeded in getting an under- study to the lead job and a small part in the same
show. The tour was their honeymoon.

In Hollywood, they went their separate ways professionally, with Martin

combining films with television and Barbara concentrating on television. Her first
rule in a series was as a fashion designer in "Richard Diamond Private
Detective", in which she appeared with David Janssen. Sue played guest spots in
"The Dick Van Dyke Show", "Get Smart", "Bonanza", "The Greatest Show on
Earth", "Studio One", "Kraft Theatre", and many others, including variety
appearances with the Smothers Brothers, Jonathan Winters, Kraft Music Hall.
She also did stage work with the Theatre West, and various other groups.

Then, of course, along came "Mission Impossible". She won the Television
Academy "Emmy" Award as best actress in a dramatic series three years in
succession - an all-time record.

Departure from that series after eighty segments gave her more time to devote
herself to her two daughters, to accompany Martin on the location trips which
took him abroad and to restrict herself to one-shot productions including TV
Movies of the Week. Now, in London for "Space 1999", she is not only again
starring with Martin in a series but, of course, they have their children with them.

Doesn't regard it as at all surprising that he should be whipped off to the moon as
cm English professor for "Space 1999". Nothing surprizes him any more about
the profession which has provided him with one unexpected turn after another.

He has a habit of identifying himself with long- running roles without the slightest
risk of becoming typecast. He will undoubtedly do so again in "Space 1999" just
as he played the ever-pursuing Lieut. Gerard some hundred times in "The
Fugitive", was the very contrasting, urbane "Establishment" figure Mr. Parminter
in "The Adventurer" series and, again a completely different characterisation, was
the Canadian member of the regrouped former Resistance Movement team in
"The Zoo Gang".

Between these running roles, he has played almost every type of part - even a
belly dancer and a black prostitute!

The most surprizing thing about Barry Morse himself, perhaps, is that he is a
Londoner and as near as could be a genuine Cockney without actually being
born within the sound of Bow Bells. But not far away - in London's East End
Bethnal Green which Cockneys themselves pronounce "Befnel Green". Barry
tends to do so, even today.

His beautifully modulated voice betrays no hint of his background. "I used to have
a real Cockney accent!" he exclaims and admits that he finds himself slipping
back into it when visiting his ex-London policeman brother, who has retained the
accent in its full richness.

Today, a lot of people believe him to be American or Canadian - American

because of all the films and TV shows he has done in the United States,
becoming one of the few Englishmen to be cast as an American; Canadian
because he has spent a great deal of his life there, still regards it as his second
home and still does a lot of work there.

"I am fortunate, I suppose," he says, "in always having been a natural mimic. It's
never been difficult for me to pick up accents."

It was this sense of mimicry that first made him think about becoming an actor. At
the time, he was an errand boy, cycling around London and delivering samples to
potential customers for a glass manufacturing company for a wage of fifteen
shillings a week.

With true Cockney cheek, he presented himself at the Royal Academy of

Dramatic Art and applied for an audition. They not only accepted him but gave
him a student grant of three pounds a week. It was untold wealth!

His mother was alarmed and disbelieving. It was beyond her comprehension that
a boy could earn only 15/- a week for working yet get paid 3 a week as a
student. She was even more disturbed that he would be in the very heart of
London. Bethnal Green was only three miles away, but she had never even
visited London's West End, and didn't even go so to see Barry when he was in
West End theatres, though she did see him (very proudly, too) when he appeared
at the local East End People's Theatre.

"The last thing she did before I set off for my first day at RADA," Barry recalls,
"was to insist on my putting on a clean shirt!"

Barry's professional debut was at the People's Theatre in "If I Were King". Four
years of repertory followed, then his London West End debut in "School for
Slavery". His next step was to become producer, director and star of "The Voice
of the Turtle" on tour.

He went into films with a part in the Will Hay comedy, "The Goose Steps Out",
side by side with another newcomer, Peter Ustinov. "At that time," he chuckles,
"Peter was as slim as Barbara Bain is now - and I had a head of hair!"

He was very early on the scene with television work, and he progressed in films
as a character actor in such pictures as "Thunder Rock", "When We Are
Married", "There's A Future In It", "This Man Is Mine", "Mrs. Fitzherbert" and
"Daughter of Darkness".

He married very early in his career, when meeting Canadian actress Sydney
Sturgess, who was in repertory with him. They had a son, Hayward, (now a
successful actor) and a daughter, Melanie, (who, since following in parental
acting footsteps, has become an Artistes' Agent in Canada), and an unexpected
change came in Barry's career when he and his wife went to Canada to display
their children to her relatives.

Television was just starting up in Canada, and Barry remained in Toronto to

become a TV producer, director and actor, winning the Best TV Actor Award five

He also visited America for Hollywood productions, both films and television, with
guest roles in such series as "Dr. Kildare" (as a Romanian drug-smuggler!) and
"Wagon Train" (as a drunken Irish journalist). And, of course, he won international
acclaim as Lieut. Gerard in "The Fugitive".

His return to England was to visit Hayward and Melanie who were studying at
RADA. Roger Moore caught up with him, and Barry appeared in an episode of
"The Saint". It was the resumption of his English career but, although he does a
lot of his work in Britain these days, he has returned to Canada numerous times
to do TV work both as actor and producer, has played Broadway in "Hadrian the
Seventh", has produced plays both in America and England, has been in such TV
shows as "Summer and Smoke", "The Poet Game", "Sweeney Todd", and the
serial of Henry James' "The Golden Bowl".

On completing "The Zoo Gang" in England, he went to Canada again for more
television work including a guest role in the "Starlost" series, two documentaries
about his favourite author George Bernard Shaw, portraying Shaw, a series on
social history "The Days Before Yesterday", for which he did the commentary, a
documentary about Jerusalem (which meant a location trip there) and a radio
series on Aldous Huxley.

And in 1968 this incredibly versatile man was appointed Adjunct Professor in the
Drama Department of Yale University, spending one semester lecturing there!

The Regular Players

Nick Tate was one of many young actors being interviewed for roles in the
"SPACE 1999" .series. It just happened that the day he went along to the studios,
they were searching in particular for someone to play an Italian space pilot.

The fair-haired, Australian-born Nick Tate didn't look in the least Italian. But
producers Gerry and Sylvia Andersen liked him. So the role of the chief space
pilot Alan Carter was developed for him, and as the series develops Carter
becomes an increasingly dominant figure in the stories. It is one of the most
important roles next to those of the stars themselves, Martin Landau, Barbara
Bain and Barry Morse.

The friendship between Alan Carter and Commander Koenig is an essential part
of the dramatic action with the two men facing untold dangers as the pilot takes
the Commander on the space journeys from the moon.

Unexpected things are always happening to the good- looking Nick Tate.

That he is an actor should cause no surprize. His father is the noted character
actor John Tate. His mother is also an actress (and singer), Neva Carr-Glynn,
who works in Australia.

Nick was born in Sydney in 1942. And, he says, "I might well have made my
stage debut from the moment I was born. My mother was acting almost up to the
last moment of her pregnancy!"

Nick began as a child actor. His parents were divorced when he was 12, and he
remained in Australia while his father went to England. Nick followed in his foot-
steps later on, to meet with mixed fortunes. "A fair amount of TV work and some
small parts in films," he says "but there were long out-of-work periods and I did
all sorts of other jobs - lifeguard, at swimming pools, demonstrating at
exhibitions, market research among them.

He had roles in such shows as "Sherlock Holmes", "The Troubleshooters", "The

Detectives" and several plays, and was in the films "Battle of Britain", "Submarine
-X-l", "The High Commissioner" and "Man For All Seasons".

Then came a big opportunity. He was asked to audition for one of the leading
roles in "Canterbury Tales" for presentation in Australia. So he found himself back
again in his own country, expecting to remain for only eleven weeks. He stayed
five years.

"Because," he explains, "the tour was a huge success and continued for 18
months. Then I went into a TV series, "Dynasty", which ran for a couple of
seasons. I did some other things in between, and then got a great stage chance
in David Williamson's "Don's Party", which had rave reviews. So I was over there
for very much longer than I'd expected before I got back to England.

He appeared with his father in the TV series. They played father and son. But
only for the first season.

"He'd got to get back to England again," Nick Tate exclaims. "So we killed him

And literally within days of reaching London again, Nick Tate found himself with
his long-running role o Alan Carter in "Space 1999".

Prentis Hancock, is seen as one of the key figures in Mission Control, Paul
Morrow, As such, he has one of the leading roles among the regulars in the cast.
Paul is second-in-command to Commander Koenig.

Like most actors, Prentis Hancock enjoys the opportunity to travel when film
locations provide the chance to do so, and he has been lucky in this respect. Not
long before joining "Space 1999", he was filming a top the 7,000 ft. Unterberg
Mountain in Austria for an episode of "The Protectors" series. Now he finds
himself on the moon!

"Unfortunately", he says, regretfully, "there was no location trip for me this time.
All the moon scenes are filmed in the studios!"

In one of the episodes, he is seen playing the guitar, an instrument he has been
playing since he was 12 years old. During one period of his career, he used it for
a singing act. "But it's now just a hobby," he says. He is also a professional
fencing instructor, and his acting career is as varied as his other activities,
divided between the theatre and television, with occasional movies. Stage work
has included the Chichester Festival Theatre production of "The Caucasian
Chalk Circle", with Topol, and such plays as "Lock Up Your Daughters", "The
Best of Friends" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".

He is not entirely new to science fiction. He had his first taste of this in the "Dr.
Who" series. The many other TV series and plays in which he has appeared
include "Shadow of the Tower", "Olympus", "Dixon of Dock Green", "Dr. Finlay's
Casebook", "Paul Temple" "The Last of the Mohicans" (with the running role of Lt.
Grant), "Z Cars", "The Frighteners", "Softly, Softly", two series of "Spy Trap" (as
the naval agent Lt. Sanders) and "Colditz" (as a Scots prisoner who got killed).

Anton Phillips portrays Dr. Mathias, working closely with Barbara Bain's Dr.
Helena Russell and seen prominently in every episode of the series.

It marks the first-ever film appearance of this actor from Jamaica, though he has
appeared in a number of taped TV shows including "Warship" (as an able-
seaman) and "Barlow at Large" (as one of the villains).

Anton finished his schooling in New York, where he first studied drama, and then
returned to Jamaica with the intention of concentrating on radio, but before long
he made his way to London, after a further brief visit to America. "I thought of
studying drama in London"; he says, "but changed my mind at the last minute
and took a job as a book--keeper in the accounts department of Equity".

It was a surprizing job. He had never done book-keeping in his life; Less
surprizingly, he gave this up to take another job, this time as a passport officer in
the Jamaican High Commission in London. Then he stopped working to write a
play which won a prize in a Jamaican festival. He next underwent drama training
at the Rose Bruford College, and made his first stage appearance in "Education"
at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry followed by Marowitz's "An Othello" at the
Open Space Theatre, playing Othello, and then in Anouilh's "Ceremony for a
Murdered Black" before winning his running role in "Space 1999".

Clifton Jones, who plays the part of Computer controller David Kano, also comes
-from Jamaica, but has lived in England since he was 16 1/2 in 1958 and studied
at the Italian Conti Stage School, and while still a student appearing in "Billy
Budd". Numerous other stage roles followed, on tour and in repertory and such
London productions as "Moon on a Rainbow Shawl" and "A Taste of Honey".

While serving in the RAF, for-his National Service, he was given leave to appear
in "Green Pastures", which was his first big break on television. Prior to this, he
had made his TV debut in "Emergency - Ward 10" in the running role of Dr.
Sanders. He was with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Royal, Stratford E., company for
two years; has be-on in such films as "V.I.P's", "Decline and Fall" and "Innocent
Bystanders", and television plays by the score.
Zienia Merton, portrays computer expert Sandra Bones, working closely with
David Kano, and a role that began quite modestly very soon expanded into the
most important regular feminine part next to Barbara Bain's. "All sorts of amazing
things happen to me!" she exclaims.

The elfin-eyed, dark-haired, exotic young actress is of British nationality but her
background is extra- ordinarily varied: daughter of a half-English, half-French
father and a Burmese mother; born in the small independent state of Brunei in
Borneo; brought up in Singapore, Portugal, Borneo and England.

The international hot-spot has inevitably played a very wide range of exotic
nationalities including Chinese, Kashmiri, Pakistani and many other Oriental

She admits: "I suppose I am an Eurasian more than anything else, but I feel
completely Western. I'm English in thought and action!"

The 5'2" Zienia left her parents to study dancing in London and then decided to
study drama as well. Her acting debut was as an elf in an open air production of
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"; her movie debut as a Chinese girl seducing
Gregory Peck in "The Chairman"; and a familiar figure to viewers in many British-
made television productions.

Suzanne Roquette, another regular in the role of a Mission Control operator

named Tanya, is by contrast to Zienia Merton a cool blonde of German birth from
Berlin - her French-sounding name, she explains, coming from Hugeunot
ancestry. Hazel-eyed and 5 "5" in height, she has the Common Market to thank
for being a glamorous recruit to the English television scene.

"Because, " she explains, "when Britain entered the Common Market it opened
new opportunities for Continental players to act in England, and I was quick to
take advantage of these opportunities.

For the same reason, there was an immediate opening for her in the German
Language TV programmes being made by ATV, which led to a role in an episode
of the "Special Branch" series. She brought with her the experience of drama
training, German films and television work both in her own country and in Poland.

One recent film, "The Revenge of Dr. Fu Manchu", took her on location to Hong

And mention of Hong Kong brings us to another of the "Space 1999" Main
Mission Control operators, Chai Lee, who represents China in several of the
episodes. Born in Canton, China, she was brought up in Hong Kong. Then her
mother remarried, this time to an Englishman and moved to London. Chai arrived
in England without knowing a word of English, was sent to an English school and
remained in London when her parents moved to America. Small parts in TV
shows and films led to a running role, as an escort girl in the series "Man of

England's representative on the Main Mission control board is Sarah Bullen, the
youngest member of the famous Bullen equestrian family that represented Great
Britain in the last four Olympics.

Sarah was virtually brought up in the saddle and when she decided to become
an actress she naturally thought her riding would be a useful accomplishment. "I
thought there would be opportunities in historical films," she says. "You can
imagine my surprise when my first role turned out to be a girl in space. You can't
ride a horse on the moon!"

Sarah is a descendant of Anne Boleyn. "Bullen", she says, "was her real name.
She changed it to Boleyn because it sounded more romantic. The family thought
it safer to revert to Bullen afterwards!"

There is no shortage of glamour in "Space 1999". Throughout the series, various

other young actresses appear on the control panel as well as in other roles.

The Producers

Husband and wife Martin Landau and Barbara Bain are the stars of "Space

And husband-and-wife Gerry and Sylvia Anderson are the Producers.

Just as the series is a return to teaming for the Landaus, so does it mark the
professional reunion of the Andersons after working independently on other

Films for television brought the Andersons together, and films for television have
made them famous. Their private life romance is matched only by the romance of
their success. They began with an old mansion by the side of the river Thames,
converting the ballroom into a studio. Then they built their own studio from a
completely barren factory in the Slough Trading Estate. Today, they make their
pictures in the biggest and most modern of movie studios, choosing the famous
Pinewood Studios for "Space 1999".

Born at Hampstead, London, Gerry Anderson worked for a time in a photographic

portrait studio, then as a film cutting-room assistant. After R.A.F. services, he
returned to films, working in the editing departments on such productions as "So
Long at the Fair", "Appointment in London", "Clouded Yellow", and "Prize of
Gold". He turned to television filming and became a director. Two of the "Martin
Kane" productions bore his imprint.

He was later to mastermind a whole "Disney-like" setting in England with over

200 people employed on a unique production tchnique named by him as
SUPERMARIONATION, and with an editing and directing background of some
fifteen years he formed a company called A.P.Films.

Gradually the idea of making puppet films took shape. He felt that great technical
advances were possible in this field.

One of his partners was Sylvia, also a Londoner, who started her career at
London University studying sociology, although her main interests and activities
had always been writing and acting. She ran the school and college magazines
and was president of the dramatic society. But there was to be a gap of several
years before she was to pursue these interests professionally.

After a period of social work in England and in the States, she met arid married
an American golf professional and for four years made the States her home.
However, the marriage ended in divorce and Sylvia returned to England with her
baby daughter and then had to pick up the threads of her life.

Social work was not a very practical proposition and she then began to pursue
her real love - the theatre. She was offered a place in Rep. but now with a baby
to support the money was too poor and she took on instead the job of Girl Friday
with a small film company of which Gerry Anderson was the leading light.

It proved to be the beginning of a long and successful personal and professional

career. Sylvia did everything from making the tea to help write the scripts; play
many of the leading voices and direct the dialogue. She was soon promoted to
Company Director and later became Mrs. Gerry Anderson.

Another partner was Reg Hill - an Art Director and Technical Illustrator who was
to work closely with him for many years. Also a Londoner, the combination of
practical engineering knowledge and artistic creativity, was to help launch the
successful "Disney" type venture, running into several hundred T.V. films.

From modest beginnings, the new company branched into the large-scale
production of the most advanced puppet series to date, "Supercar". It was an
immediate hit, watched not only by children but adults as well, paving the way to
further successful series and all the time developing techniques which gave the
puppets almost human realism. "Fireball XL-5" and "Stingray" were followed by
the most outstanding success of them all, "Thunderbirds", which also became a
feature film and did much to make Sylvia Anderson known to viewers, not only
because she was the voice of the programme's elegant Lady Penelope but bore
an undoubted resemblance to the studio-created heroine.
There were further "Supermarionation" series - "Captain Scarlet and the
Mysterons", "Joe 90" and "The Secret Service" - but this chapter was drawing to
a close. The Andersons had already produced one feature film, "Doppelganger".
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson went into live action T.V. production with "U.F.O."
continuing their imaginative futuristic essays into science-fiction with human
actors, and Gerry Anderson then produced the Robert Vaughn-Nyree Dawn
Porter series, "The Protectors" with Reg Hill as his co-producer, continuing the
association which had dated right: from the beginning of the "Supermarionation"

Sylvia Anderson, who took time off to write and make T.V. appearances, is
therefore once again in production harness with her husband on "Space 1999 ".





(A further
series of 24
films). Promotional artwork

A new look. New faces. New ideas.

It is the new "SPACE 1999," a second series of 24 one-hour filmed episodes,

produced on an even more spectacular and imaginative scale than the first
internationally successful series of Gerry Anderson's futuristic science-fiction
adventures, distributed by ITC Entertainment, an ATV company.

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain continue in their starring roles as Commander
John Koenig and Dr. Helena Russell. They are joined by Catherine Schell in the
most fascinating, remarkable role any actress has ever been asked to play. She
is seen as an amazing girl from Outer Space - a girl who knows the secrets of
molecular transformation and has the uncanny ability to transform herself into
other life forms, not only human but of any living organism, whether animal,
vegetable or mineral.

Another new member of the cast, closely linked with the girl from Outer Space, is
a security chief named Tony Verdeschi, played by Tony Anholt, whose many
outstanding television appearances have included the dashing young Eduard
Strauss in "The Strauss Family" series and the French detective Paul Buchet
with Robert Vaughan and Nyree Dawn Porter in "The Protectors."

Favourites from the first "Space 1999" series continue to be seen, notably Nick
Tate as the chief pilot and the many glamorous girls in Moonbase Alpha.

Throughout the series, there are many other fresh and vital characters portrayed
by major guest stars.

A new producer, Fred Freiberger, is at the helm, working closely with executive
producer Gerry Anderson, whose Supermarionation puppet series like
"Thunderbirds" and the live action "U.F.O." set new standards in futuristic
science-fiction on television screens.

Bringing long experience as a movie screenwriter and producer of television hits,

including the third series of "Star Trek," Hollywood's Fred Freiberger is producer
and story editor on the new "Space 1999."

He says: "I firmly believe our new concept is far superior to anything other
science-fiction series have ever had to offer. We are not competing with 'Star
Trek' or any others but are setting out with the premise that we must be creative
in every respect."

To bring new ideas to the series, experienced directors and writers who have
never before worked on sci-fi subjects join the team of technicians who have
been previously associated with the series. Charles Crichton, the noted film
director who has also become one of Britain's leading television-film directors, is
one of the regulars to continue on the new series.

Character Developments.

The basic situation is in no way changed. The moon, devastated by an atomic

explosion continues to plunge through the galaxies and into eerie regions
mankind has never before encountered.

But one important new aspect to the second series is greater depth in the
relationships between the characters. "We want audiences to live the situations
with them," says producer Freiberger. "It is important that they are likeable,
believable people."

More Humour

Though principally an excitingly dramatic series, the new "Space 1999"

programmes display considerably more humour than before. This stems from
situations and characterisations.

"Barbara Bain," Fred Freiberger says, "is a naturally warm and vibrant person,
and we exploit these qualities. Catherine Schell, too, is an actress who has
shown her sense of comedy on the screen, particularly in such films as Peter
Sellers' 'The Return of the Pink Panther.' The extension of humour adds to the
humanity of the characters."

Such humour is to be found, for instance, when Maya transforms herself into a
duplicate of Helena Russell to see if Commander Koenig's love for Helena can
enable him to tell which of them is which.

Humour is also a running feature of Tony Anholt's portrayal of Tony Verdeschi

when, throughout much of the series, he makes enormous efforts to manufacture
a palatable beer.


The romantic element has been developed considerably in the new series, with
the emphasis on the relationship between John Koenig (Martin Landau) and
Helena Russell (Barbara Bain).

It is romance on the moon for the two players who are husband and wife in real

Throughout the 80 episodes of "Mission: Impossible" in which they were teamed

as Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter, it was never actually established that they
were in love. "There was some kind of relationship," Martin says. "If Cinnamon
was in trouble and needed me, I'd be there. And if Rollin Hand needed her, she'd
be there. This time, the romantic relationship is much stronger and is developing
all the time."

There are romantic relationships too, between other characters from time to time,
and it is not long before Tony Verdeschi and Maya, the wonder girl from another
planet, are in love.

New Looks.
A new look for Barbara Bain...

A new hair style. In the first series, she had a 'set' job - hair set in rollers,
lacquered. This time, it is softer, looser, smart but casual and slightly longer.
Barbara explains: "It is cut into movement, which makes me feel freer and easier.
And it's a change. 'That's the important thing. It also goes with new developments
in the characterisation.

New clothes, both for the men and the girls, have been created by Keith Wilson
who, as overall production designer for the series, is responsible for the clothing
as well as the sets.

Unisex fashions have had their day in the second series. Styles for the girls,
headed Barbara Bain and Catherine Schell, have the feminine touch.

Keith Wilson explains: "When the first series went into production, the occupants
of Moonbase Alpha were not prepared for the long stay ahead. For the most part,
they were seen in uniform - the same outfits for both sexes. They have now had
time to adjust themselves to the conditions and we imagine they have found
ways and means of weaving new materials and designing new clothes. When on
duty, of course, the characters are still in uniform, but the uniforms are 'busier' in
design than before and tailored for the individual characters.

"The girls wear skirts; the men, trousers. So legs are on view again instead of
being hidden as they were during most of the first series, seen only in occasional
off-duty moments and when encounters with other planets made it possible for
the girls to get out of uniform. So we have more femininity, more glamour, and
even the uniforms are distinctly feminine in cut."

New Aliens.
There are more aliens than in the first series. And they are even more bizarre.

"The more outrageous the aliens are, the more successful they are with viewers,"
says Keith Wilson. "The strongest reactions we had from viewers of the first
series were for the episodes which stretched the imagination to the limits. This
time, we make the contrasts between aliens and the Earth people on the moon
even more striking."

There are also new, stranger Outer Space creatures, and an amazing variety of
creatures into which Maya transforms herself from time to time.

New Look for Moonbase Alpha.

No-one guessed what dangers lay ahead for Moonbase Alpha and its occupants
when the futuristic complex was designed by Earth scientists in the first series. It
was built on the surface of the moon and open to attacks from other planets.

Though not completely safe from such attacks, part of the complex is now
underground "Winston Churchill," Keith Wilson points out, "had his control centre
underground during World War II. We are taking a leaf out of his book."

The change enables Moonbase to have a new look. The sets at Pinewood
Studios have been re-designed. Main Mission is much more compact, though all
the ultra-modern computers and electronic marvels are still there. Being smaller
provides a closer feel to the action and heightens the atmosphere of excitement
when danger threatens.

There is also a complete complex instead of having separate sets for various
parts of Alpha. All are positioned exactly where they would be in reality. This, too,
adds to the authenticity of the atmosphere for players and viewers alike.

The set occupied the whole of one sound stage at the Pinewood Studios.
Another sound stage was reserved for surface scenes and other planets. And at
Bray studios, the special effects department again worked under the control of
Brian Johnson, the man who has master-minded the breath-taking visual effects
which, both literally and figuratively, take the series right out of this world.


"She is gorgeous, sexy and has a computer-like brain," is how producer Fred
Freiberger describes the wonder girl from Outer Space, Maya, in the new "Space
1999" series.

Because she knows the secrets of molecular transformation, Maya has the
uncanny ability to transform herself into other life forms. She can immediately
become another human being, an animal of any kind, a tree or even a rock, a
monster or a dove, an ocelot or a bird of prey.

Because of her scientific knowledge, she becomes a Science Officer on Alpha

when she is rescued from her own doomed planet.

The search for the most fabulous female of all time necessitated testing 154
actresses of numerous nationalities - and Catherine Schell was chosen.

The tall, beautiful, Hungarian-born actress has recently won plaudits for her
performance in the Peter Sellers comedy "Return of the Pink Panther," one of the
many films and television shows in which she has attracted attention, notably as
Napoleon's glamorous mistress Marie Walewska in the TV series "Napoleon and
Love" and a documentary, "Search for the Nile."
By a coincidence, her first major role in a British film was in "Moon Zero Two," in
which she portrayed a girl who went to the moon in search of her missing
astronaut brother.

Television productions in which she has appeared include "Paul Temple," "The
Troubleshooters," "Dial M for Murder," "Family at War," "The Sweeney," the Bette
Davis feature "Madame Sin," the Brian Clemens thriller "The Next Voice You
See," "The Persuaders" (with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore), "The Adventurer"
(with Gene Barry), "Arthur" (with Alfred Lynch) and "Looking for Clancy." Among
her feature films: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "Callan" and "The Black
Windmill" (with Michael Caine).

Born in Hungary, Catherine is the daughter of the Baron and Baroness Schell
Von Bauschlott, but her father renounced his title when the family fled to the
United States during the Communist take-over in Hungary. Formerly a diplomat
in the Hungarian Embassy at Washington D.C., he returned there with his family
and became tours manager for visiting European orchestras until going back to

Catherine therefore spent her schooldays in America, first of all in Washington

and then Staten Island, New York, completing her education in Munich, Germany.
"So" she says, "I can't help feeling that my role as Maya is apt casting because I
am an alien myself - a foreigner in every country! Even in Hungary, where I was
born. I gave up my nationality when my family fled to America. I have an
American passport and an English resident permit. But I am virtually an alien
wherever I go, so it's natural enough for me to be an alien in 'Space 1999!"

When embarking on a stage and screen career, she changed her name to
Caterina Schell, later Anglicising it to Catherine Schell.

While still a drama student, she appeared in a radio play, then played a brief part
in a film before going to Brazil to play her first lead in "Lana, Queen of the
Amazons." After this, she was based in Munich with her family but filmed all over
Europe and elsewhere.

Of her role as Maya, she says: "I have feline looks, and my make-up is
marvellous. Transforming myself into all sorts of other creatures is intriguing. To
help in these changes, I have to study the animals and other creatures
beforehand and to help the transformation I slip into poses which suggest them.
I've learned to crouch, snarl, growl. They never taught me these things at drama


Drama, comedy and romance come into Tony Anholt's portrayal of the new
regular male character, Tony Verdeschi. "A man of Italian extraction," he explains.
"He's tough and articulate, with a scientific brain. He's in love with Maya and he
has a sense of humour."

In the international world of "Space 1999" characters, Tony Anholt is himself the
most international of them all. He is British, but with French, Dutch, Swedish and
Irish blood.

Two series in particular have attracted international attention to him. He was the
French representative of the detective organisation with Robert Vaughan and
Nyree Dawn Porter in "The Protectors," and in the successful "The Strauss
Family" series he portrayed the dashing young Eduard Strauss.

Another of his outstanding roles has been that of Josephine's lover, the
handsome Captain Charles, in "Napoleon and Love" and his many other major
television appearances have been guest roles in such series as "A Family at
War", "Jason King", "The Seasons" and numerous other British series. He has
also appeared on the London stage, most recently in "The Gentle Hook," with
Dinah Sheridan.

Son of an insurance company representative, Tony was born in Singapore (on

19th January, 1941) when his father was working there but was hurriedly
evacuated with his mother to Australia and then South Africa when the Japanese
arrived. His father was taken prisoner and died while working on the notorious
Burma railway.

The youngster's travels continued. He was taken to Burma and then London,
where he went to school. His working life began as a trainee tea-taster. He left
this to join an uncle in selling toys, dolls and fancy goods, but gave this up to
teach English and Latin at a school in Herne Bay, Kent.

After this, insurance, further school-teaching (where he met his wife, a fellow
teacher named Sheila), taught English in Barcelona, joined a travel agency,
moved to Paris where he again taught English, joined a publishing firm in
England and finally, at the age of 23, took a crash course in acting (working as a
night watchman to help his expenses) and made his television debut in a potato
crisps commercial.

There followed other commercials, then stage repertory, small parts in television
plays and series, more stage work and his West End of London theatre debut in
"Boys in the Band." His first big opportunity in television came when producer
Gerry Anderson cast him for one of the starring leads in "The Protectors."


New York-born Fred Freiberger is the producer and story editor of the new
"Space 1999" series.
He has an impressive background of writing motion picture scripts, features for
television and production of such series as "Ben Casey," "The Iron Horse," "The
Wild, Wild West," "Star Trek" (series III) and "Slattery's People."

This is the first time he has worked in England, but he was a visitor to that
country and was stationed there during World War II with the 8th U.S. Air Force -
until being shot down over Germany, where he remained a prisoner-of-war for
two years.

The war over, he returned to Hollywood, where he had previously taken himself
from the colder atmosphere of New York because, he says, "I like warm

His early experience of advertising copy-writing (and also handling accounts) led
to his deciding that he would like to become a movie publicist. This he might well
have done but for a studio strike. Waiting for a promised opening, he turned his
hand to writing a script and his new career was born.

Rapidly establishing himself as a film story-writer, he had 13 feature film credits,

among them "The Weapon," "Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "The Goddess of
Evil" and "Crash Landing," before television caught him in its web and becoming
a producer as well as writer.

Year 2 Writers Guide

by Fred Freiberger


Space: 1999 is an action-adventure, science-fiction series. We require action-

adventure stories based on solid science- fiction concepts. By action-adventure
we mean hard-driving, physical action in combination with dramatic action;
character conflict ... people in conflict with each other.

A must for the series is that we must like and care about our format characters.
They must come off as three-dimensional, thinking- feeling people with whom we
get emotionally involved. Humor is essential. We do not want jeopardy minimized
by having characters treat the situations with comedy lines . . . but we must have
"relief" from the hard-driving story lines we expect in the scripts. Sex will be most
welcome . . . but handled with taste.

The format of the scripts is a hook, four acts, and an epilogue. The hook must be
action-oriented and end on a high note of suspense. The four acts which follow
must develop the plot to its inexorable conclusion. The epilogue will tie up any
loose ends and give us a chance to end on a "family feeling" between our format



Commander of Moonbase Alpha. He is thirty five years old . . . sharp, decisive,

and very much aware of the fact that the survival of three hundred people
depends on him. When he is in Command Center, he is purposeful, proficient, a
man with a hard core of cool concentration in control. When he is in his quarters
he permits himself to relax. He has a wry sense of humor and an easy smile,
especially when he is with:


She is the chief. Medical Officer, who is also in charge of the life-support systems
on Moonbase Alpha; Helena is twenty-nine, an attractive, vibrant woman, who is
in love with Koenig, as he is with her. Helena takes her Hippocratic Oath very
seriously and although she will never dispute any of Koenig's orders in Command
Center, she will in privacy get into violent conflict with him when she feels he is
letting "command" get in the way of "humanity." In her off duty hours, which aren't
many, Helena paints and sculpts to provide relaxation and unleash frustrations.
Helena has an excellent rapport with:


Who is an alien from outer space who became the Science Officer on Moonbase
Alpha. Maya is an enchanting, sensuous, amazingly graceful nineteen-year-old
female, who has the ability to transform herself into other life forms. She can
become a tiger; a raven; a dolphin. She can do this because the beings on her
planet conquered the principle of molecular transformation. Maya has a brain
which rivals the average computer. She has a pixie' s sense of humor and
engages in an attraction/antagonism fun relation- ship with:


Officer in charge of Defense and Security. Simon is twenty-six years old. He is

irreverent, quick-witted, sharp-tongued... but he is never insubordinate and has a
deep respect for Koenig. Like Koenig, he is in top physical shape. He is the first
man in whom an artificial heart was implanted (not a heart transplant . . . repeat:
an artificial heart).

Other characters to be used as needed.

SANDRA . . communications officer.
GARY WOLUSKY . . . chief Eagle pilot
other pilots, technicians, etc. as needed.

All technical aspects of the series and the physical layout of Moonbase Alpha will
be discussed in story conferences as they take place.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Moonbase


What's the technical breakdown of Moonbase Alpha?

Moonbase Alpha is the finest collection and integration of man's greatest

scientific achievements to date. Encapsulated here are all the latest
advancements in the fields of Engineering, Computer technology, Medical
Engineering, Architecture, Astronomy, Mass Transportation, Physics, and art.

Indeed, it is ironic that such a fine example of human endeavour should find itself
adrift in the void of space, perhaps to supply some alien race with a perfect
specimen of mankind at his best.

Moonbase Alpha is located in a well protected crater called "Plato", clearly visible
just above the Sea of Showers. It is about 100 kilometres in diameter. The
complex itself is a marvel of modern engineering. Constructed out of a material of
melted rock and metal, it was originally meant to support 311 scientists and
engineers above ground. The base is 4 kilometres in diameter and extends 1
kilometre farther in areas below the lunar surface, The major research sections
break down as follows:


Responsible for air circulation and re-circulation, also responsible for detecting
radiation or other harmful elements in the space in which the moon travels. The
Environmental Section is constantly monitoring space for alien viruses by means
of the thousands of bristling antennae and sensory devices located on the
outside of the structure. These devices were originally meant as an early warning
system for Earth, searching the heavens for any signs of extraterrestrial


Responsible for the production and preservation of many plant forms which
generate life giving oxygen (the humans on the base themselves supply the
carbon dioxide needed by the plants). Also responsible for the recycling of food
and other spent materials. Much of the food consumed on Alpha is of a healthy
synthetic origin. The food is flavoured and then nutrients are added to keep the
Alphans in top physical condition, as a simple case of the measles could mean
the extinction of life in a sealed environment.


Responsible for the production, recycling, and repair of all hardware used.
Through the engineering genius of Moonbase technicians, they were able to
successfully convert a transitory base on the Moon, and turn it into a permanent
world. This department is certainly the most active one on Alpha since they must
clear the dirty work of repairing spacecraft, repairing computer equipment,
manufacturing raw materials in makeshift atomic furnaces, keep careful record of
all security equipment in operation, plus feeding and nursing the three nuclear
fusion reactors which keep the lights on (among other things).


Responsible for special scientific and philosophical research into problems facing
Moonbase and its inhabitants. This section, operating closely with the
Engineering and Technics section, consists of physicist-philosophers who
understand the structure of the universe better than any other scientist. This
section will perform the experiments needed to find a planet suitable for the


Responsible for psychological and physiological maintenance of the personnel of

Moonbase Alpha. Medical facilities of every kind have been employed by the
manufacturers of Moonbase to insure a cure for every conceivable medical
emergency. This section is led by Dr. Helena Russell and Dr. Bob Mathias.


Responsible for monitoring areas which have restricted access to members of

the base, as well as notifying command personnel of any possible threat to the
well-being of the Base either from within the Moon complex or from out in the
space through which the Moon will Travel. Tony Verdeschi is First Officer in
charge of defence and security in Command Centre.


All of the above mentioned operating stations are controlled at Command Centre,
an influx of receiving stations where all Moonbase sections are monitored by
their respective service officer. It is here under tight security where all command
decisions originate. The commander's console is here as well as all master
computer links, which govern the computerised base.

Why did Command Centre move underground?

All facilities for Main Mission were moved deep underground for obvious reasons.
First, in the event of an attack, all command personnel and equipment will be well
protected. This also serves to keep Main Mission personnel isolated in times of
extreme tension so that emotional stability can be boosted. New receiving
stations were added to Main Mission, new consoles were added for new
personnel with more efficient means to process information.

What powers the Eagle fleet?

The Eagles are powered by a small quantity of highly combustable fuel mixed
with a Radioactive core. The result is an enormous amount of thrust with little
weight. This allows an Eagle to fly anywhere, even on a planet with strong gravity
and atmosphere. These rockets are alternated with pure hydrogen compressed
to within an inch of its life, giving a tremendous thrust without the danger of
harming any life form on a planet's surface.

What do the coloured marks on the uniforms mean?

The markings and patches on the uniforms serve a variety of functions. They
identify Rank and department, some have a small magnetic transmitter to allow
certain individuals access to areas where others are forbidden to go. There are
security clearance coded badges which are distributed at various times on a
weekly basis whenever there is a major change in service command. Example:
LSRO stands for Lunar Space Research Organisation.

How did the moon get out of our solar system?

The Moon was catapulted into a region of space that has never been studied
before. All the planets lie in a straight plain, their orbits extend out from the Sun in
concentric circles like rings drawn on a dinner plate. Until the time of the lunar
accident, no one had ever sent a probe to the regions above or below the even
plain in which all the planets lie. The Moon, driven by nuclear holocaust, is forced
up and out of the plain of the planets and after travelling for almost a year
becomes caught in a powerful warp in space of unknown origin.

What powers Moonbase Alpha?

There are three nuclear fusion reactors on Moonbase Alpha which supply
enough power to run a major city. Fusion is a process by which elementary
particles such as protons, neutrons, etc. are fused together under indescribable
forces, resulting in an energy release similar to that of the Sun.

What's the average person like on Moonbase Alpha?

In order to have been assigned a position on Moonbase Alpha to begin with, the
individual had to have been of exceptional mental and physical status. The
average person on Moonbase Alpha holds a PhD or an equivalent scholastic
degree in some field of research. Some individuals hold more than one doctorate
in related subjects. An applicant for a position on Alpha could come from any
nationality and must be recommended by four instructors. Once picked by a
review board, the appointee undergoes two years of lunar status preparation
training, and then six months training in his or her individual field.

How do they regenerate and reconstruct Eagles?

The Eagle is a completely modular vehicle. There is a vast underground repair

and service complex strictly designed for the regeneration of space equipment. If
a spacecraft should sustain some damage, it is immediately taken to the
engineering repair and modification centre. Technicians will then call from a
computer file all parts necessary for a complete repair, and proceed to dismantle
the craft. Alpha is capable of building completely new spacecraft with the aid of
an atomic furnace and raw materials for metal which are taken from the crater left
by the tragic nuclear explosion on September 13, 1999

Why was Moonbase Alpha placed on the near side of the Moon?

The base was situated on the near side of the Moon because of the ease of
transportation and communication. (if the base were placed on the far side of the
Moon there could be no communication with Earth because the Earth would have
been behind the Moon in radio silence) To probe deep space, the antenna and
probe equipment were located on the far side of the Moon away from Earth radio
noise. The information was transmitted around to Alpha and then radioed back to

What does COM-LOC mean and what exactly does it do?

COM-LOC stands for portable Communications Locking device. It is a handheld

multifunctional device used by every member of the base. It has a wide range of
30 functions, but only 4 can be used at any one time, unless it is plugged into a
desktop receiver which puts the COM-LOC in direct contact with the main
computer. Otherwise the COM-LOC is in radio contact with the main computer
and must divide up its functions into 4 parts. Apart from a logarithmic calculator,
the COM-LOC opens most air pressure sealed bulkhead doors unless there is a
prevailing security code. There is a two way audio-visual Communications
network in each device, although depending on the status of the individual,
personal COM-LOCs have limitations. For instance, a worker in the nuclear plant
would not be given free access to Command Centre with his COM-LOC unless it
was previously obtained by the proper higher ranking officer. A COM-LOC can
process information, transmit information, and monitor controlled operations. On
a limited scale, they are similar to the large data processing computers. Anyone
on Alpha can be located instantly through a paging system in the main computer
banks. The COM-LOC is also a Geiger counter, a thermometer, an air I pressure
gauge, a clock, and an infrared TV camera.

(reprinted from the Space:1999 year II promotional handbook, scanned from

the Space 1999 1980 convention program by Paulo Jorge Morgado)


ITC's "everybody-in-the-pool" theory is that the best

way to combine story continuity and action is to keep
everybody in an action environment - UFO was earthbound
and required a full hour for development and narrative
form. Our new series is conceived as a half-hour action
format and to keep it moving, all the action is far out
in space.

Set near the turn of the next century, in 1999, every

exciting story depicts an adventure of the colony of
earthmen who must wander through the universe on a
world which once was earth's moon. All the "business"
is either on this world-ship, on other worlds and their
ships -- and in the space/time continuum which varies
according to the moods of the art director!

In the limbo of outer space, limits are set only by the

imaginations of the writers, art directors, set
and other creative people involved in the production.

New hardware and special effects are being created for

the new series. Everything about it will literally be
new: stories, costumes, props, special effects, writers
and cast.


Earth is destroyed and the Moon, released from its

orbit, wanders in space. On it are 300 men and women
from all the nations of Earth, originally based there
to man an early-warning system and to repel invaders.
Now they are Earth's sole survivors, on a quest for a
new planet compatible with their needs. Ironically,
they are considered the invaders, by inhabitants of
other planets.

Their conflict is with the life forms encountered on

other worlds, with the elements of outer-space -- and
with the problems of sustaining life on their new world
as it wanders on its unexpected odyssey across the


All sets, of course, are futuristic. Since WANDER was

originally a base on Earth's moon, a system of geodesic
and other domes has been constructed, both for the
tenance of atmosphere and for protection from the
Additional exteriors include domestic and industrial
armament and observation equipment. Interiors are
sophisticated and complex representations of space


The moon is 2,160 miles in diameter. Control of it as

speeds through space is maintained within a compound
about twenty miles square and protected by an elaborate
ring of fences, photo electric fields and domes. Only
security personnel are permitted within these
and fewer still within the Commander's Control Sector.
Inside the general compound there is a stratofield,
hangars for various lunar craft. There is also a
metal disc about 30 yards in diameter. This disc is
an armour-proof cover which opens in sections, like the
petals of a metal flower, to give access to a
tube leading down to the heart of the H.Q. complex. The
only vehicle to land in this cylinder are the fully
controlled vertical take-off HOVERHOPPERS, used for
transport of WANDER personnel. At its base, the
access tube become hexagonal and each of the armored
protects access to one of the six corridors which lead
like an asterisk from the hexagonal heart.


As the HOVERHOPPER lands it lines up automatically in

of the corridor pre-selected by its passengers. A tele-
scopic metal tube then moves out through the armored
to the craft, In the door of the tube is a numerical
board on which the passengers pick out the appropriate
code of the day. If they are code-correct,. the door
and admits them to the corridor they have selected. The
master corridor of the six gives access to the
office and the control room.


Access from the corridor is by further key-code and

print identification. The office/control room complex
wedge shaped, the apex of the wedge being the access
from the corridor. On the Commander's desk is a visual
display unit on which he can monitor any of the
sources which feed constantly into the control room.
He can also communicate direct by videophone with any

For general information he relies on a multitude of

sources throughout the complex; but he also has in his
office a personal Commander's Computer called COMCOM.


This has been programmed with all possible or

permutations of factors that could affect the
decision-making. In purely technical matters he can
'consult' this computer and get a logical answer which
often form the basis of a decision. It is a machine
he has lived with and with which he has fed facts and
information; it is a tool which he has himself
equipped with the data necessary to do his own job
ciently and quickly. With all of WANDER's problems the
buck stops with the Commander and he uses the computer
help him decide. However, there are many WANDER
whose solution cannot be based on the assessment of
information. Whenever he puts in a problem with human
moral elements, the computer's reply is: "Impossible to
answer: your decision." And now the Commander is
on his own.


To give early warning of the approach of U.F.O.s in

WANDER has set up a manned base on the Moon to monitor
all approaches. They are the back-up systems to S.I.D.


Nickname for the first section of Emergency Base to go

into action. It is a complex consisting of control
living-quarters, leisure sphere and sick-bay. It is
by Control personnel and a team of pilots who fly the
Interceptors. There are launch bays for these craft,
a landing area for lunarcraft. The complex is protected
by moon-to-space guided missiles and by the


To take advantage of the early warnings of approaching

U.F.O.s, WANDER supports a fleet of single-seater,
speed craft designed to be able to intercept and
U.F.O.s in space before they enter WANDER's gravity
They are equipped with space-to-space rocket missiles
are controlled by a pilot who is directed from Control.


Designed for travel over the surface of the Moon, this

'buggy' is used to investigate U.F.O crashes or


To combat U.F.O.s that have actually landed on the

WANDER has a fleet of tracked armored vehicles manned
by a crew of two and firing ground-to-ground missiles.


This is the basic rocket vehicle which carries

and equipment on short reconnaisance flights.


For short-haul personnel transport to and from the H.Q.

there is a fleet of these fully automatic, computer-
controlled, vertical take-off craft. They carry up to
four passengers whom they fly into and out of the H.Q.
Cylinder, responding to the destination requests which
they key into its computer.


For movement of personnel between H.Q. and the various

vehicles on the stratofield there is a fully-automated,
underground travel tube.

At H.Q. a passenger gains access to a travel capsule by

punching up the correct key-code. Inside the capsule he
selects his destination by punching up another
code on the capsule key. The capsule is then whistled
along the underground tube in a cushion of air.

Senior member of the Space Therapy Division of WANDER,

although under 30, Janet Bowman is responsible for
ical fitness of the entire population of her world. She
is a splendid example of her work, and as competent as
she is good looking. Since the preservation of life is
a top priority, Dr. Bowman is a member of The
Council, a cabinet-like group of top advisors with whom
he is continually meeting.


The problems of personal violence are avoided by

placing the concept outside the understanding of the
300 WANDER residents...who understandably hold all
life sacred. Realizing that what they have is all
they get, hurting each other is unthinkable in their
society -- and not a bad idea for ours.

Action, on the other hand, is the major ingredient of

the series -- and it is not confined to space-ship
Neither are the plots confined to a rigid format. The
open-end structure of this outer space series is as
as the structure of space itself.

Space 1999

Encounters of a
compelling and visually
stunning alien kind in
deep space when a group
of brave explorers is
blasted out of Earth's orbit
by a cataclysmic nuclear
accident. Hurtling through
the uncharted reaches of
space they must find a
way back but encounter
incredible creatures, new
civilizations and dangers
never before known to
man. Created by Gerry
and Sylvia Anderson, the
series (with cast including
Martin Landau, Barbara
Bain, Barry Morse and Leo
McKern) is one of the most
prominent sci-fi
achievements in

48 x 1 hour

From the ITC library

The Alphans are not trying to

"find a way back" to Earth
(apart from Simmonds); they
are trying to find a new home
on a alien planet. Leo McKern
is a guest star of one episode,
not a series regular.

Alien Attack Cosmic Princess

The most ambitious lunar The courageous

space programme ever inhabitants of Moonbase
attempted is about to go Alpha face their deadliest
wrong. Moonbase Alpha, a challenge after the moon,
fantastic lunar based still hurtling through space
scientific research after a series of shattering
community, receives a explosions, comes upon
strange signal from outer the planet Psychon.
space. Commander John Commander Koenig
Koenig (Martin Landau) (Martin Landau) is
launches a probe to captured by the power
determine the source of hungry ruler, Mentor, who
what could be man's first is stealing energy from the
communication with an minds of intelligent life
extraterrestrial race. forms to feed his vast
Suddenly a tremendous biological computer. Now,
explosion rips the moon with Koenig as his
from orbit and it hurtles prisoner, Mentor plans to
on an uncontrolled journey lure the remaining Alpha
through space. Koenig and crew members into his
his crew must travel to an deadly trap. Koenig's only
alien planet to save Earth ally is Mentor's daughter,
from alien attack. Also Maya (Catherine Schell),
starring Barbara Bain and who possesses the power
Barry Morse. to transform into a million
different alien creatures.
Maya is the only hope for
1 x 109 minutes survival...
From the ITC library
1 x 95 minutes
Koenig never actually
From the ITC library
launches the probe. The
aliens are not threatening to
attack Earth, although if Meta Mentor is not strictly a power-
is the War Games planet it is hungry ruler (the only other
possible to interpret it that Psychon is Maya, and he
way. wants energy, not political

Destination Moonbase Journey Through the

Alpha Black Sun

Trapped on a runaway The Black Sun - a dying

space station hurtling star collapsing in on itself,
through the cosmos, the drawing in everything in
crew of Moonbase Alpha its reach and crushing it
faces the unknown after a with its powerful gravity.
technical malfunction For the men and women
causes Commander of Moonbase Alpha, the
Koenig's Eagle transport life and death struggle
to crash. Meanwhile, a that began when the
faster-than-light ship moon was blasted out of
arrives on the Moon and a orbit is about to become
seemingly human crew deadlier still as their lunar
announce they are the base moves inexorably
first of a squadron of towards the black sun. A
rescue ships to take the desperate plan is
Alphans back to Earth. proposed - to construct a
Koenig (Martin Landau) makeshift force field and
reveals the visitors as stabilise the gravity on the
hideous alien creatures moon; then they can pass
but is not believed. Alone, through the black sun. But
Koenig, who sees the will they be able to
Alpha crew is in serious survive what waits on the
danger, must uncover the other side? Starring Martin
aliens' sinister plans and Landau, Barbara Bain,
free his crew before it is Barry Morse and Margaret
too late. Leighton.

1 x 100 minutes 1 x 103 minutes

From the ITC library From the ITC library

Koenig's crash is not a The force field attempts to

technical malfunction (he is deflect the gravitational force
apparently insane). of the black sun, not stabilise
the moon's gravity. The film
ends when they reach the
other side of the black sun.

John Koenig

Age 40, born 1958. Only child (The Rules Of

Luton). Studied at M.I.T. (among his other
interests were jazz ballet class where he met
Diana Morris, The Bringers Of Wonder part 1).
Married, but wife died in 1987 war (The Rules
Of Luton). According to George Bellak's writer's
guide, his wife was a gifted artist who sacrificed
her career for his, until she decided she could
no longer do so and separated from him.

As an astronaut cadet Koenig travelled to a

Venus space station (The Exiles, The Lambda
Factor). In Reconnaissance section he was
assigned to the Ultra probe mission planning
during 1996, and then grounded in 1997 until
1999 (Dragon's Domain). On September 9th,
1999, Koenig was ratified as ninth commander
of Moonbase Alpha (War Games). His other
interests include physics (he has his own unified
field theory, according to Black Sun) and
according to the writers guide he was an
astrophysicist of some note (this is not
otherwise evident in the episodes, however).
His spare time interests include kendo (The
Testament Of Arkadia) and chess (Dragon's

Koenig is often selfless and rather reckless

("We're looking for answers, Commander, not
heroes" says Helena in Breakaway). The writers
guide describes him having two contradictory
streaks, a rather ruthless side, and a moody
introspective side. He can be rather moody,
snapping orders (Matter Of Life And Death, The
Last Sunset, The Seance Spectre). He
frequently demonstrates what Magus describes
as an "iron will" in New Adam, New Eve ("The
John Koenig philosophy. If there's chips on the
table, we're still in the game" The Seance
Spectre), at times ruthless ("Must you always
assume the worst?" "Yes. When the safety of
Alpha is concerned" he states in The Exiles),
though he dislikes aggression ("Shoot first and
ask questions later. It's not your style, John"
The Last Enemy; "I still don't like the idea of a
pre-emptive strike against an enemy we don't
understand" Space Brain).

Note he likes to pace back and forth (Dragon's

Domain, The Last Sunset, others), and likes to
slap people as a greeting. He is often in fights,
and enjoys kendo as a hobby (The Testament
Of Arkadia).

He is very close to Victor (Dragon's Domain,

Breakaway, Missing Link, others) and Alan
(Collision Course). According to the writers
guide, he was a student of Victor. Koenig's
relationship with Helena begins with cautious
hostility in Breakaway, quipping "I didn't know
you cared" at her concern. He is uncomfortable
in Matter Of Life And Death, but on the planet
he draws closer to her: "We almost made
and I". He is concerned for her in Black Sun,
Ring Around The Moon and Earthbound. In
Another Time, Another Place, their other selves
are married. Their first kiss is when he makes
up after their argument in Dragon's Domain.
Subsequent kisses in The Exiles (also with
Maya/Helena), The Mark Of Archanon ("Is that
all you have to be grateful for?"), The Bringers
Of Wonder part 1 (recap in Devil's Planet). He
falls in love with an alien in Missing Link, is
kissed by one in Guardian Of Piri, and is the
object of desire in The A B Chrysalis.

A frequent Eagle pilot (& involved in several

crashes: Breakaway, Another Time, Another
Place, Missing Link, The Bringers Of Wonder
part 1, Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome).
He died in Matter Of Life And Death, Another
Time, Another Place, Missing Link (briefly), War
Games, End Of Eternity.

Featured in 47 episodes (not Dorzak).

"Now we're sitting on the biggest bomb man's ever made." (Breakaway)
"We're all aliens, until we get to know one another." (The Metamorph)
"We're great triers, we primitives." (New Adam, New Eve)
"Forget logic. Recognise desperation." "There are things more precious than
safety. Loyalty is better than logic. Hope is better than despair. And creation is
better than destruction. I just wanted to tell you that, you seekers of perfection."
(The A B Chrysalis)
"Maya. That structure. Obviously built by intelligent life." (A Matter Of Balance)
"It's better to live as your own man than as a fool in someone else's dream." (The
Bringers Of Wonder part 2)
"What's your boredom quotient?" (Devil's Planet)
"I've never seen you before in my life. Dr Russell." (The Seance Spectre)
"If we understand others, in time, I believe, we come to understand ourselves."
(The Immunity Syndrome)
"Whatever you say, doctor." (The Dorcons)


Date of Birth: MARCH 17, 1957
Assigned Alpha: SEPTEMBER 9, 1999 (FIRST TOUR OF DUTY)
Job Assignment: COMMANDER

One of America's leading astrophysicist's, John Koenig has been re-

sponsible for the planning, ground control and execution of many
successful space missions. Asked to help on the design of Moonbase
Alpha, he was gradually drawn into the position of Commander. Koenig
has an unmatched flair for leadership, sharing his concern for the
scientific aspects of a job with consideration for the safety and well-
being of those working beside him. John Koenig has a highly efficient,
computer-like mind and, apparently, nerves of steel. He also has the
ability to observe a situation from every possible angle, sometimes
causing an emotional strain that is apt to make him short-tempered, and
moody. Yet despite, or perhaps because of these qualities, the men and
women of the runaway Moon look to him for guidance in their times of
need. He had been married, but his wife was killed in the thermonuclear
war. Koenig's interest in the space program goes back to the 1960's
when, as a schoolboy, he watched Neil Armstrong set foor on the Moon
and imagined that it was his "giant step." He may have grown up in the
space age, but one suspects he is not too happy with the state of hu-
manity as it nears the 21st century. He is perhaps best described as a
man with one foot in the past and one about to set down in the future.
Helena Russell

(Medical Section)

Age 41, born 1957. Tutor at Medical School was

Dr. Shaw (The Bringers Of Wonder part 1).
According to The Bringers Of Wonder part 1
script, her father died of a massive and
unexpected coronary while she was a first year
intern ("I was there in the house when it
happened. I haven't lost many patients, but the
first one had to be my father.") According to the
writer's guide and Barbara Bain's own character
profile, her father was "a West Coast physician
of great energy and drive" in whose footsteps
she followed; Bain speculates he made a
significant breakthrough in cancers, and Helena
was striving to emulate his academic
excellence. She was awarded a replica 1887
Donnelmyer microscope, as used by Louis
Pasteur and Madame Curie, as a college prize

Her husband Lee was lost on Astro 7 mission

(Matter Of Life And Death). She was appointed
chief of Moonbase Alpha Medical section
(sometime after 1997) and was responsible for
life support systems (The Exiles, Seed Of
Destruction). According to the writers guide she
was appointed to Alpha in September 1998;
"she has been on Alpha for 12 months, working
and living, and to some extent retiring
emotionally in that space womb environment."
Helena is hard on her own failures (Missing
Link, Alpha Child, Catacombs Of The Moon,
The Mark Of Archanon), she can also be harsh
on others (on Koenig in Breakaway, Mathias in
Guardian Of Piri, Sally Martin in The Lambda
Factor). Her other interests include sculpture
(The Exiles, The Taybor)- in the writers guide
her hobby was holographic sculpture. She'll talk
to herself when alone (Death's Other Dominion,
One Moment Of Humanity).

Usually part of exploration parties (Matter Of

Life And Death, Earthbound, Another Time,
Another Place, The Last Sunset, Death's Other
Dominion, The Full Circle, War Games, The
Infernal Machine, Mission Of The Darians,
Dragon's Domain, The Testament Of Arkadia,
The Metamorph, All That Glisters, Journey To
Where). She is often kidnapped (Ring Around
The Moon, Mission Of The Darians, The
Testament Of Arkadia, The Exiles, One Moment
Of Humanity, The Mark Of Archanon, Brian The
Brain) and placed in danger to intimidate Koenig
(Alpha Child, The Metamorph, Brian The Brain).

Featured in all 48 episodes (only as narration in

Devil's Planet).
"Look, I can cope with the known, but the unknown..." (Breakaway)
"We're looking for answers, Commander. Not heroes." (Breakaway)
"Incredible stupidity. The risk to both of you." (Black Sun)
"I remember when I was a little girl I was afraid of the dark. Isn't that funny?"
(Black Sun)
"It may simply be John's time to die." (Missing Link)
"I'm not behaving like a doctor." (Death's Other Dominion)
"Eva, we're living in deep space. There's so many things we don't understand. We
don't know what that alien force was. Why it came here. Or why it selected Anton.
But we've got to try to help each other. To understand." (Force Of Life)
"I'm a doctor, John. I save life for the sake of saving life." (The Exiles)
"With a history like that, who wants to go back to Earth anyway?" (Journey To
"Like they used to say in old time show business. One more time." (Catacombs Of
The Moon)
"Don't ask questions, to me. Make me laugh." (The Taybor)
"Never underestimate the power of human inventiveness." (The Bringers Of
Wonder part 1)
"Our brains are such incredible instruments. Just think what we might be able to
achieve if we knew how to use them to their fullest potential." (The Lambda
"I'm a doctor, John, not a miracle worker! Look, I can cope with the known, but the
unknown..." (All That Glisters)
"As a doctor I should have known. Besides, not a very satisfactory defence,
ignorance." (The Mark Of Archanon)


Date of Birth: AUGUST 5, 1960
Assigned Alpha: FEBRUARY 23, 1999 (FIRST TOUR OF DUTY)

A physician's daughter, Helena Russell entered medical school shortly

after her father's death. Following in his medical footsteps, she be-
came one of the top experts in her chosen field of space medicine. Helena
worked for the Space Commission where she met and later married astro-
naut Lee Russell. The marriage ended abruptly when he disappeared on a
space mission. She retreated into the routine and security of her job
until she developed a strong attachment for Commander John Koenig. Since
joining the Space Service in 1992, Dr. Russell has won many awards for
her achievements in space medicine. When the space dock and Moonbase
Alpha were constructed, duty periods were generally one-to-two months.
The sterile atmosphere was found to cause restlessness and tension
among the Alpha personnel. Efficiency suffered. Under Dr. Russell's
guidance, many of the recreation rooms were transformed into exotic
gardens with lush, tropical plants. This Earth-like atmosphere
helped reduce tensions and boosted morale and production
significatnly. Dr. Russell was given the Donnelmyer Award for her work
and was later assigned to the Moonbase as Medical Officer.

Victor Bergman

(No section)

Age 55, born 1944. Has artificial heart (Black Sun, Force Of Life, Guardian Of
Piri, The Infernal Machine). He is an astronomer (discovered planet Ultra in 1994,
Dragon's Domain) and a physicist (responsible for the artificial gravity systems
used by Alpha and their protective forcefield built in Black Sun). After 1997 he
was "grounded", but was back on Alpha by 1999 (Breakaway). Science advisor
on various exploration parties (Earthbound, End Of Eternity, Mission Of The
Darians, Death's Other Dominion, The Testament Of Arkadia) and sits on
command conferences. Enthusiastic about science (Voyager's Return, Death's
Other Dominion).

Featured in all 24 Year 1 episodes. He was mentioned in the scripts of The

Metamorph (Simon Hayes: "One lousy spacesuit with a faulty helmet and Victor
had to be in it.") and Catacombs Of The Moon (they are reconstructing the
Bergman artificial heart, not the Dorfmann).

In Survival by Brian Ball (Powys, 2005), Bergman is propelled into space during
a battle, his suit torn and losing air. The Alphans are unable to find the body.
Unknown to them, the epilogue shows the alien scientist Yendys being shown
Bergman healing in a stasis chamber within the living ship Susurra. The book
names Bergman's former wife as Dorothy.

"Alright, Nordstrom. We're watching you closely."

"I haven't enjoyed a picture that much in a long time."
(Matter Of Life And Death)
"I suppose we...all believe what we want to believe.
Perhaps that's what reality is." (Black Sun)
"Maybe I've had enough of Earth and its so called
civilisation." (Earthbound)
"We believe that revenge, sanctioned by authority, is also
the sign of a debased culture." (Voyager's Return)
"Because, we have learned many things, but most of all, we
have learned ..we still have much to learn." (War Games)
"I'm having trouble calculating our seasonal variations, but just instinctively I'd
say it was spring." (The Last Sunset)


Date of Birth: JUNE 27, 1940
Place of Birth: LONDON, ENGLAND

Professor Bergman is, to a great degree, the father of Moonbase Alpha,

having contributed more to the base's construction than anyone else.
He is also a father figure for many of the base's key personnel. As a
young man he was deeply involved in early space exploration efforts,
however he can still remember when a visit to the Moon was considered to be
only a figment of Jules Verne's imagination. To some extent, he is
very much the proverbial professor. He has a brilliant mind and has
been responsible for many advances in space science, but he is naive in
many practical matters. In some ways, he reminds one of a 19th century
scientist rather than a man of the late 20th century, though physically
he is more a part of the new era than he appears. He is something of a
philosopher and very much a humanist. Bergman is unusual in one respect.
An early illness led to his having a mechanical heart replacement. Be-
cause it responds more slowly to nervous stimuli than a normal heart
does, it reduces his reactions to most emotional stresses. Whatever the
situation, he is physically immune from panic. There is one drawback--a
ruthless or desperate person might be able to interfere with his mechan-
ical heart and upset his finely-tuned metabolism.

(Main Mission Section)

Age 32. Native of planet Psychon. According to The

Rules Of Luton, Psychon had a peaceful and happy
culture, with one race, one religion and one
government. "Our planet was so rich in resources that
there was no separation of classes." Psychon was
also known to Taybor (The Taybor) and the Dorcons
(The Dorcons), the latter being their most feared
enemies, using Psychon brain stems to confer
immortality on their oligarchy.

Daughter of scientist Mentor (The Metamorph). One

brother, who served with Mentor on Psychon's High
Scientific Council, left the planet with a thousand
others when it began to boil (The Rules Of Luton).
Other Psychons, including Dorzak, built spaceships
after this, finally leaving just Mentor and Maya. Mentor
remained with his wife's tomb on Psychon, and
believed he could restore his planet with the biological
computer Psyche, which was fed by the minds
drained from captured aliens. When Koenig destroyed
Psyche, the released energy destroyed the planet
(The Metamorph).

Maya is very emotional;

she cries at the end of The
Metamorph, and breaks
down in The Beta Cloud
and The Dorcons. Her
emotions lead her to
simplistic, and misplaced,
trust in Dorzak).

She is also a playful

prankster, with a taste for
practical jokes: the two
Helenas & the ugly hag in
The Exiles, Mr Hyde in
Journey To Where,
Diana's monster in The
Bringers Of Wonder part
1, and particularly joking
with Tony and his beer.
Close to Tony: The Exiles
(offers a kiss), One
Moment Of Humanity (we
are told Tony loves Maya),
All That Glisters (Reilly
pursues her), The Taybor,
New Adam, New Eve (she
kisses Koenig), Seed Of
Destruction, The Bringers
Of Wonder part 1, Dorzak,
The Immunity Syndrome,
particularly The Beta
Cloud when they kiss).
Note she kisses Koenig
twice: in The Exiles (as
Helena) and New Adam,
New Eve.

Maya has a "computer-like mind", quicker than Alpha's computer: flying an Eagle
in Brian The Brain, calculating the flight time in The A B Chrysalis, analysing the
raw data in The Immunity Syndrome. According to The A B Chrysalis, the
Psychon numerical system in based on "the function of an ellipse", not the
decimal system, so calculations are just "elliptical progressions". Hence she
serves as science advisor, assigned to many exploratory parties (The Exiles, All
That Glisters, The Mark Of Archanon, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve,
Brian The Brain, The A B Chrysalis, A Matter Of Balance, The Seance Spectre)
and devising the scientific solutions (Journey To Where, The Beta Cloud, Seed
Of Destruction, A Matter Of Balance).

Maya was taught the skill of metamorphosis by Mentor (not

all Psychons have the skill: Dorzak has to command her to
teach him). She is thus a "metamorph" or "transmorph" (the
latter is Taybor's term) capable of "molecular
transformation". "Only Psychons have the unique molecular
structure which permits transformation" (Dorzak); she
attains the form of an animal by knowing its molecular
structure (unless it eludes her as in The Beta Cloud). In The Exiles, The Rules Of
Luton & Space Warp she can only hold the form for an hour (in The Seance
Spectre she holds a form for 3 hours, in The Taybor she can lock herself in a

Additionally in The Rules Of Luton she cannot change directly from one form to
another, although she can in The Metamorph (dog to gorilla), The Lambda Factor
(chimp to caterpillar), A Matter Of Balance (monkey to Shermeen), The Rules Of
Luton (kestrel to lion) and The Taybor (dog to ferret). She can change just parts
of her self: her hairstyle in One Moment Of Humanity, her hand to a claw in The

All Maya's transformations are into living things, never into inanimate objects. In
All That Glisters, it is stated that she can transform into anything organic.
However, she also transforms her clothes. When she transforms, her original
clothing disappears and her transformation either has no clothes (if an animal) or
has the applicable clothing (if human or humanoid). When she transforms back,
her original uniform or spacesuit returns. In the cut scenes for The Metamorph
the trees are in pots, which she must also have transformed into.

Maya did not transform in The Mark Of Archanon & The Immunity Syndrome (she
did in Devil's Planet in flashbacks to The Exiles, New Adam, New Eve).

Name: MAYA
Date of Birth: 3rd DAY OF TAYAD, 6752 PSYCHON YEARS

Maya joined the Alphans when her homeworld was destroyed. She is an
enchanting, sensuous female about 26 Earth-years old. Maya has the
amazing talent of melecular transformation. With just a thought, she
can become anything organic for an hour. She must then transform back
to her original self before another change, but she does have the ability
to transfer directly from one form to another. She has yet to master
this technique on a voluntary basis however, and can only perform such a feat
under emotional panic. Her brain is quicker than Alpha's computer thanks
to an education in Psychon's advanced mathematics. Maya has a pixie's
sense of humor and seems to be most comfortable when she's near Tony
Alan Carter (Reconnaissance Section)

Age 33, born 1966, Australia (The Mark Of Archanon, Dorzak).

According to Dorzak script, his family had a cattle ranch on the Eastern
Seaboard, near a beach where he would go surfing. Holds the Houston Base
Championship for boxing. Other sports include badminton (The Last Sunset) and
rugby league (The Mark Of Archanon; he owns the ball used in the Australia-
Great Britain game, Swinton, 1963, with Harrison's signature, as Alan's
grandfather used to play in Harrison's team). Assigned to Alpha, overseeing Meta
Probe, about 1999. Rank of Captain (Breakaway, Matter Of Life And Death),
although addressed as "astronaut" in Black Sun. Head of Reconnaissance
Section, attends command conferences, assumes command in New Adam, New
Eve & Space Warp. Also part of the Radioactive Monitoring Team (The Bringers
Of Wonder part 1). Flies most Eagle missions, as copilot if Koenig is pilot.

A skilled pilot
(see The
Last Sunset,
War Games,
The A B
he has had
War Games
(Ring Around
The Moon,
Alpha Child,
Missing Link,
The Last
Sunset, The

Carter is
fiercely loyal
Link, Seed
although he
can be
(arguing with
Koenig in
Matter Of
Life And
Death, Black
Sun, Ring
Around The
attacking the
casket in
The A B
Chrysalis; in
pursuit of
Sandra in
The Full

Alan is often
involved in
Guardian Of
Piri, Missing
Link, The
Last Sunset,
Mission Of
The Darians,
Journey To
Where, The
Mark Of
Space Warp,
The Bringers
Of Wonder
part 2. He
can be bitter
(Black Sun,
Guardian Of
Return, The
Of Arkadia)
but he is
cheerful and
Alpha Child,
The Full
Journey To
Where, The
Mark Of
The Bringers
Of Wonder
part 1,

He flirts with
Sandra in
The Full
Circle, but in
Alpha Child
& The Last
Sunset he
seems close
to Tanya (he
has his arm
round her in
episodes). In
Place the
Alan married
He also
pursues a
(Jennie) in
The Bringers
Of Wonder
part 2.

Featured in 42 episodes (not The Taybor, The Rules Of Luton, Brian The Brain,
Catacombs Of The Moon, A Matter Of Balance, Devil's Planet).

"Hey, come on, Commander, you've got a problem you're not telling me about."
"Well, I should be one of those six, Commander. Because if anyone could get
them somewhere...I can." (Black Sun)
"Hey! All this concern. Paul's going to get jealous." (The Full Circle)
"Hey, Paul! Tomorrow we'll build a swimming pool!" (The Last Sunset)
"When the ship's sinking the rats are the first to leave." (The Testament Of
"On Earth I come from a country called Australia." (Dorzak)
"Well, now you can see why I got drummed out of the boy scouts." (Journey To
"Can you kill me, cobber?" (The Mark Of Archanon)
"Words, huh? Well, they may be just words to you, but to me they add up to
something else. Loyalty and duty and my duty is to John Koenig." (Seed Of
"Where's the nearest john?" (The Bringers Of Wonder part 2)
"As you said, if you like nature, doctor." (The Seance Spectre)
"Compliments of computer. Two genuine, one hundred per cent imitation coffees."
(The Dorcons)


Date of Birth: DECEMBER 19, 1966
Assigned Alpha: JUNE 14, 1999 (FOURTH TOUR OF DUTY)

Alan is the only person on Alpha to have actually seen the nuclear ex-
plosions which ripped the Moon from its orbit and hurled it into deep
space. He had been assigned to head the construction of the Meta Probe
in lunar orbit when the disaster occurred. After he witnessed the shatter-
ing cataclysm, even though he could have returned to Earth, he decided
his loyalty was to the people on Alpha. This decision and Alan's reaction
show only a small part of his ability and integrity. Having grown up on
a cattle ranch in Australia, his major talent was horsemanship but his
fondest dream and greatest love was flying. As a teenager he flew his
family's private plane. As a young man he joined the Australian Air Force.
As an adult he became an Astronaut in the U.S./Australian Space Co-opera-
tion Program (1994). Three years later he was the third man to go to Mars
and a year after that crewed on a flight to Venus's largest moon. In
January, 1999, Alan became a member of Moonbase Alpha, having successfully
tested the Eagle Transport and Mark IX Hawk. All had not been easy however.
His professional achievements are all the more impressive considering his
personal tragedy. A Eurasian girl with whom he had fallen deeply in love
while stationed in Bali was murdered by terrorists. This terrible reality
Alan will never forget, but it will never stop him either. His talents as
a pilot and athlete are always in demand. He is one of Alpha's most valued

Tony Verdeschi (Main Mission Section)

Age 32, born 1967 in Italy (The Bringers Of Wonder part 1). According to Magus
in New Adam, New Eve, generations of his family before him were farmers. Elder
brother is Guido. In The Immunity Syndrome, the following captions are seen:
"Psychological Profile: Subject Anthony Dean Verdeschi. Subject born Florence
Italy. Graduated B.A. Hons University Of Rome 1990. Ph.D Cambridge England
1993. Commissioned Space Service 1994.." The script added a caption "Rank
science specialist G.I." According to The Bringers Of Wonder, his "mama" makes
voluminous pasta and remarkable sauce. His accent is British and his Christian
names are English (Anthony, not Antonio, although his brother has an Italian
Christian name). He uses an English pronunciation for his surname (Ver-des-
she) rather than the correct Italian pronunciation (Ver-des-ki). His beer making is
also not particularly Italian. The evidence suggests he was raised by Italian or
Anglo-Italian parents in Britain.

The same episode titles Tony "Chief Security Officer". He is also head of security
in The Taybor & The Lambda Factor, although his sleeve colour is Main Mission
red. Second in command (often assumes command, as in Journey To Where,
The Mark Of Archanon, Catacombs Of The Moon, The Beta Cloud, The Bringers
Of Wonder, Dorzak). Often accompanies Koenig on missions (All That Glisters,
The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, A Matter Of Balance,
Space Warp, The Immunity Syndrome). Experienced Eagle pilot (The Rules Of
Luton, Brian The Brain, Seed Of Destruction, Space Warp, The Seance Spectre).
Best man at Pat Osgood's wedding (Catacombs Of The Moon).

According to Magus in New Adam, New Eve, "a man rooted in the rocks and
earth", practical and hard headed, sometimes sceptical and cynical (accusing
Carolyn in The Lambda Factor, antagonistic to Sanderson in The Seance
Spectre), even boorish (in A Matter Of Balance, The Beta Cloud conclusion). A
sense of humour often expressed with Maya (gives her a flower in The Rules Of
Luton). Other interests include beer making (seen in Journey To Where, A Matter
Of Balance, Catacombs Of The Moon, The Taybor, referred to in The Rules Of
Luton, Seed Of Destruction, Dorzak).

Featured in 22 Year 2 episodes (not The A B Chrysalis, Devil's Planet).

"You asked what sort of people they are? What sort

of people are we?" (The Exiles)
"Hey. The natives are growing restless." (Journey To
"You know your problem? No sense of adventure."
(Journey To Where)
"Offspring! You would say that. You couldn't just say children." (New Adam, New
"Would you tell me what does a computer know about beer anyway? No lust for
adventure, no imagination, no taste. Nothing." (Catacombs Of The Moon)
"Anyone who likes my beer is somebody who can't be trusted, right?" (The
"Maya, you know all that wild garbage that I handed you? Well, you know, the
heavy syrup, the thousand violins, all that romantic stuff. I mean the pressure
was murderous. A guy says a lot of strange things when he's under pressure."
(The Beta Cloud)
"Come on, let's celebrate, sweetheart." (Dorzak)


Date of Birth: NOVEMBER 9, 1966
Place of Birth: FLORENCE, ITALY

Assigned Alpha: AUGUST 27, 1999 (SECOND TOUR OF DUTY)


Tony Verdeschi graduated from the University of Rome in 1990 and went
on to earn his PhD at MIT in 1993. He entered the Space Service in 1994
as an Astronaut Cadet and later became part of Alpha's security team. He
is irreverent, quick-witted and sharp-tongued, but never insubordinate. He
has a deep respect for John Koenig. Although Chief of Security, a position
which makes him responsible for the portection of the Moonbase, he is not
the typical, gung-ho, by-the-book officer he sometimes appears to be. He
is open to any change that will benefit the Alpha community. Besides being
an expert fencer, his most unusual hobby is being Alpha's only resident

Paul Morrow (Main Mission Section)

Age 32, born 1967. His father was killed when Voyager 2's drive cut in too soon
(Voyager's Return). Main Mission Controller and second in command. He is
generally loyal to Koenig with two notable exceptions: Another Time, Another
Place (when he gets to look like Moses) and The Last Sunset (where he acts like
Moses!). He is also an experienced Eagle pilot (Collision Course, Guardian Of
Piri, The Last Sunset).

Paul is usually trapped at his desk, but infrequently he accompanies missions:

Matter Of Life And Death, The Last Sunset, Mission Of The Darians. Other
interests include guitar (Black Sun, Guardian Of Piri). Passionate at times
(Missing Link, Voyager's Return, The Last Sunset). He is close to Sandra (Matter
Of Life And Death, end of Black Sun, married to her in Another Time, Another
Place with two children, The Last Sunset, The Full Circle).

Featured in 23 Year 1 episodes (not The Infernal Machine). There is no

explanation for his disappearance from Year 2, but John Muir's The Forsaken
describes him leaving Alpha with Tanya for the planet Pyxidea.

"Come on. Life here's not that abnormal. We eat, sleep, drink, even breathe air of
a kind. Possibly there's something specific about this particular case." (Alpha

"In there, cooped up, there are thoughts we just can't allow ourselves to think."
(The Last Sunset)

"Two hundred people were killed because something went wrong. A whole
community wiped out! My father was one of them. I know something went
wrong." (Voyager's Return)
Date of Birth: OCTOBER 29, 1970
Place of Birth: LONDON, ENGLAND
Assigned Alpha: APRIL 6, 1999 (SECOND TOUR OF DUTY)

Paul Morrow began his career as an Astronaut Cadet in the European Space
Exploration Program. His self-confidence and ability to command made
him a capable leader on many lunar exploratory missions. He jumped at
the chance to partake in the construction of Moonbase Alpha, stimulated
by the danger and excitement inherent in the job. The position of Main
Mission Controller was his toughest assignment. Quickly proving his
worth, Morrow became the Commander's right-hand man. It is his respon-
sibility to oversee the smooth operation of the base. Commander Koenig
has at many times felt that Morrow is a younger reflection of himself.

Sandra Benes (Service Section)

Titled "data analyst" in Matter Of Life And Death,

Black Sun. She is renamed "Sahn" in Year 2
(the name first appears in the script of Journey
To Where, but she first appears with the name in
Catacombs Of The Moon onwards; the name
Sahn also appears on her ID badge, with no

Sandra is usually at her Main Mission/Command

Centre desk, working on communications or
scanners and sensors. Sometimes assigned to
missions: Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun,
The Full Circle, Missing Link, The Last Sunset.
She is part of the command team, and attends
command conferences. In addition to operating
communications and sensors, Sandra also has
practical training as an electrician and advises
Fraser on setting up an electrical barrier in The
Beta Cloud.

Her fiancee was pilot Peter Rockwell, seen in

The Bringers Of Wonder part 1 (their marriage
was to be when her duty tour on Alpha ended).
In Black Sun she was attached to pilot Mike
Ryan. By the end of Black Sun a relationship
was evolving with Paul Morrow; the alternative
Paul and Sandra in Another Time, Another
Place were married with children. Their
closeness is also seen in Matter Of Life And
Death, Alpha Child, The Last Sunset, The Full
Circle: "Give my love to Sandra" he tells Alan.
"Not if I can help it" Alan replies. She is often
placed under great emotional stress, but
recovers her wits and composure quickly (she is
blinded in Matter Of Life And Death, she faints
at the death of her boyfriend in Black Sun, she
is captured and tortured by cavemen in The Full

Featured in all Year 1 and 11 Year 2 episodes

(not Journey To Where, All That Glisters, The
Taybor, The Mark Of Archanon, The Rules Of
Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain,
The A B Chrysalis, A Matter Of Balance, Dorzak,
Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome, The
Dorcons). Prominent roles in Matter Of Life And
Death, Black Sun, Missing Link, The Full Circle,
The Beta Cloud, The Bringers Of Wonder part 1.
She also appeared in Message From Moonbase
Alpha as the last Alphan to leave the base
before the Exodus to Terra Alpha.

"Paul. Commander. There is a steep rise in heat levels in Disposal Area One.
This is impossible." (Breakaway)
"It's beautiful. Like fish scales." (Black Sun)
"You're the doctor, Helena, so forgive me for prescribing, need some
rest." (Space Warp)
"What about fashions? What's everybody wearing?" (The Bringers Of Wonder
part 1)
"Remember us" [Message From Moonbase Alpha]
Date of Birth: MAY 3, 1973
Place of Birth: BRUNEI, BORNEO
Assigned Alpha: MARCH 4, 1999 (FIRST TOUR OF DUTY)

Sandra is a petite and slender 5'2", dark-eyed brunette. Coming from

a multi-national background (her father is an Englishman of Hungarian
descent and her mother is Burmese), she encountered, as a child, many
different languages as her family moved from place to place. Perhaps
this is where her interest in communications was born, but her interest
in electronics stems from the years she spent as a child working
in the lab of her father, Professor Lawrence Benes. Prof. Benes devel-
oped the Interstellar Transmitter, a powerful broadcasting device vital
for deep space communications. Knowing more about the unit than anyone
besides her father, Sandra was a natural choice for the Data Section of
Moonbase Alpha. Her expertise and skills allowed her to be quickly
promoted to the position of Data Section Coordinator.

David Kano (Technical Section)

Age 32, born 1967. Usually addressed by his surname. Took part in an
experimental programme on Earth to link the memory and calculating ability of a
computer to the thinking ability of the human brain. A complex of fibre sensors
was implanted in the cortex of his brain: the other 3 subjects ended up as
cabbages, but Kano was the success story (Guardian Of Piri). Computer expert,
addressing the computer as a female, but defensive of others criticising computer
errors: Black Sun, Guardian Of Piri, The Last Sunset, The Testament Of Arkadia.
An Eagle pilot in The Full Circle, he assumes command in Mission Of The
Darians. Other interests include chess, which he has programmed computer to
play: he plays Mathias in Black Sun and Koenig in Dragon's Domain. He reveals
a temper in Missing Link.

Featured in 23 episodes of Year 1 (not Breakaway).

"Commander. Alpha cannot survive without computer." (Black Sun)

"You clumsy fool! Is it so difficult to carry a tray of coffee?" (Missing Link),
"I swore I'd never go through this again" (Guardian Of Piri),
"Computer never tells stories." (The Last Sunset)
"I hate backseat drivers." (The Full Circle)
"Destruction of Alpha..imminent" (The Infernal Machine),
"Computer's not a crystal ball, Commander. She can only predict on specific
data." (The Testament Of Arkadia)
"Don't worry, it can only get worse." (The Testament Of Arkadia)


Date of Birth: JANUARY 29, 1965
Assigned Alpha: MAY 1, 1999 (TENTH TOUR OF DUTY)

David is a most remarkable individual who almost never fails to amaze his
fellow Alphans. His expertise and rapport with computers is uncanny. This
ability is the sum total of several decades of experience dating from the
years he spent watching his computer-expert father. The operation and main-
tenance of huge multi-operational machines became almost natural from that
point on. His life-long dedication to the science took hold after he sur-
vived an experiment to link a man's brain with a computer. Two men became
vegetables--their minds wiped clean. David Kano managed to leave the ex-
perience with a heightened sensitivity to these "mechanical brains." Occas-
sionally he's seen talking to the female-voiced Moonbase master computer
as if it were a living woman, but what seems to be a wildly unnatural affec-
tion between man and machine is actually a well-earned feeling of respect.

Dr. Bob Mathias (Medical Section)

Age 32, born 1967.

An old friend of Koenig (Dragon's Domain) - yet he is addressed as "Mathias" in

Breakaway & Matter Of Life And Death.
In 1997 he appears to be in charge of Medical (Dragon's Domain) but by 1999 he
is Dr Helena Russell's deputy. Alternative scenarios: the more senior medical
chief in 1997 may not have been present when the Ultra Probe was brought in; or
the chief was a scientific appointment who would not be involved in treatment. In
any case, Mathias does not seem to resent Helena. He is devoted to his job.

Plays chess with Kano in Black Sun, performs magic in Guardian Of Piri, an
Eagle pilot in The Last Sunset. Argues with Paul over power for medical in Force
Of Life & The Testament Of Arkadia.

He is featured in 21 episodes of Year 1 (not The Last Enemy, The Infernal

Machine, Mission Of The Darians) and 2 episodes of Year 2 (The Metamorph
and The Exiles, although he is mentioned in One Moment Of Humanity).

"You have a lovely optic nerve, Dr Russell." (Ring Around The Moon)


Date of Birth: AUGUST 5, 1963
Assigned Alpha: JULY 5, 1999 (THIRD TOUR OF DUTY)

Bob was born, raised, and began his preliminary education in New York.
Later, when his career decision became definite, he moved to London
for the best training possible. That decision was to learn the science
of psychiatry. So while Helena Russell looks after the physical well-
being of Alpha residents, Mathias looks after the mental and emotional
aspects. He leaves the surgery to Helena and she leaves the soul-search-
ing to him. Another of Bob's talents that comes in handy during the long
Alphan nights is his expertise at chess. An avid player, he holds seem-
ingly endless bouts with Moonbase's other resident expert, David Kano.
Although he was well liked in his medical position, Bob thought it best
to transfer to the Data Section so he could better study man's stress
factors in deep space. He was replaced in the Medical Center by Dr.
Ben Vincent.

Yasko (Service section)

Data analyst. Featured in 8 episodes: Journey To Where, The Taybor, The Mark
Of Archanon, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, The A
B Chrysalis, Dorzak.

"I'd rather stay on Alpha than end up somewhere in space." (Journey To Where)
"What kind of mother can do that to her son?" (The Mark Of Archanon) "It's like
thunder, here." (New Adam, New Eve)

Bill Fraser (Main Mission section)

Eagle pilot, married 2 months prior to The Metamorph to Annette. His wife does
not appear in other episodes (and he is never in the same room with her in The
Metamorph either). In some episodes he steps up into Alan Carter's post so
presumably he is his deputy. It is hard to explain why an Eagle pilot wears the
red colour code.

His surname is spelt "Frazer" in some scripts (Catacombs Of The Moon, The
Beta Cloud, A Matter Of Balance, Bringers Of Wonder). In others it is spelt
"Fraser" (The Metamorph, Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome and The
Dorcons). The credits always used "Fraser".

Featured in 9 episodes: The Metamorph, The Taybor, The Mark Of Archanon,

Brian The Brain, AB Chrysalis, The Beta Cloud, A Matter Of Balance, Devil's
Planet, The Immunity Syndrome.

He was scripted to appear in Catacombs Of The Moon, Bringers Of Wonder and

The Dorcons. In some episodes he played parts that were scripted for others:
The Taybor (Alan Carter), The Mark Of Archanon (Palmer) and Brian The Brain
(Eagle One Pilot).

"What is the Brain, some crazy hijacking slot machine?" (Brian The Brain) "I'm on
a liquid free diet." (A Matter Of Balance)

Kate (Main Mission Section)

Main Mission operative. According to her Year 2 ID badge, her full name is "S.
BULLEN" (the name of the actress).

Featured in all Year 1 episodes except the first eight (her first was Force Of Life).
In The Full Circle she was part of the initial planetary mission and was turned into
a cavewoman.

She was in 6 Year 2 episodes: The Metamorph, The Exiles, One Moment Of
Humanity, Journey To Where, The Taybor, The A B Chrysalis. She is named Kate
in The A B Chrysalis and Barbara in The Taybor.

"Good luck! Come back soon!" (The Last Sunset),

"Who needs nature?" (Journey To Where ),
"This pure hand loomed wool sweater for the mirror" (The Taybor ),
"Yes, Commander, I'm alright. My scanner's taken a beating" (The A B Chrysalis)

Dr. Ben Vincent (Medical Section)

A deputy to Helena, filling Bob Mathias's post after his disappearance (scripts
often referred to Mathias rather than Vincent).

Featured in 7 episodes: Journey To Where, The Taybor, Catacombs Of The

Moon, Seed Of Destruction, Space Warp, The Bringers Of Wonder.

"That probably means...infection!" (Journey To Where)

"Alan's orders kill on sight." (Space Warp)
"Hey, smile when you say that, man." (The Bringers Of Wonder part 2)
"Yeah. It's like they used to say in old time hospital wards. The operation was a
success but we lost the patient." (Catacombs Of The Moon)

Tanya Aleksandr (Main Mission Section)

Main Mission operative. She normally sits alongside Paul Morrow, although she is
not a member of the senior command staff. She appears to be German or
Russian (Suzanne Roquette's nationality and accent are German). She
pronounces her surname "Alexandre" (or "Alexandria") in Breakaway although
David Hirsch renamed her "Alexander" (an English/Scottish surname) for his
Technical Notebook. The correct Russian form is "Aleksandr", the French form is

She is featured in all Year 1 episodes except The Full Circle, The Last Enemy,
The Infernal Machine and Mission Of The Darians. In Ring Around The Moon she
appears to have a relationship or at least friendship with Clifford.

"Paul. Mind if I share the music with you?" (Black Sun)

Alibe (Main Mission Section)

Communications Officer. Featured in 3 episodes: Devil's Planet, The Immunity

Syndrome, The Dorcons.

"Under the circumstances, refreshments are not our top priority." (Devil's Planet)

Tony Allan and Pierce Quinton (Security Section)

Security guards seen throughout Year 1, played by Tony Allyn and Quentin Pierre
(the origin of the character names is clear). Quinton is also seen throughout Year
2. Tony's forename is given in Earthbound, and his surname Allan is seen on his
helmet in Ring Around The Moon. Quinton's surname is given on his helmet
visible in both Ring Around The Moon and Earthbound. Quinton is also called
"Pierce" in The Mark Of Archanon (a forename?). The two are named Irwin and
N'Dole in script of The Testament Of Arkadia. They often have small lines and are
generally not involved in stunt scenes.

Tony Allan is seen in Breakaway, Matter Of Life And Death, Ring Around The
Moon, and Earthbound. He has a beard in Guardian Of Piri, Force Of Life, Alpha
Child, Voyager's Return, End Of Eternity, The Last Enemy, The Troubled Spirit,
Space Brain, The Infernal Machine; and clean shaven again (but with longer hair)
in Dragon's Domain, and The Testament Of Arkadia.

"We searched the whole section, Commander. There's no-one in here." (The
Troubled Spirit)
"Commander. There's been an attack on the food store. Suspect, Anna Davis."
(The Testament Of Arkadia)

Quinton is seen in many episodes: Breakaway, Matter Of Life And Death, Ring
Around The Moon, Earthbound, Force Of Life, Alpha Child, The Last Sunset,
Voyager's Return, The Last Enemy, End Of Eternity, The Troubled Spirit, Space
Brain, The Infernal Machine, Dragon's Domain, The Testament Of Arkadia, The
Exiles, The Mark Of Archanon, Brian The Brain, Catacombs Of The Moon, The
AB Chrysalis, Seed Of Destrunction, Space Warp, The Bringers Of Wonder part
2, Dorzak, The Seance Spectre, The Immunity Syndrome, The Dorcons.

Dr. Ed Spencer (Medical Section)

Another deputy to Helena.

Featured in 3 episodes: Dorzak, Devil's Planet, The
Immunity Syndrome.
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Petrov (Technical Section)

Normal station is Weapons Section. In 3

episodes: The Metamorph, The Exiles, Space Warp.
Named in One Moment Of Humanity.
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Pete Johnson (Reconnaissance Section)

Copilot. First seen in Guardian Of Piri (named in ITC credits and call sheets as
Ken Johnson, though not named on-screen or in the script), later in Alpha
Child ,The Last Sunset, War Games (named on screen as Pete), Dragon's
Domain. Played by James Fagan.

"They're moving very fast." (Alpha Child)

Lee Oswald (Main Mission Section)

Main Mission Operative, seen throughout Year 1. He is

named in Space Brain. Played by Loftus Burton.

"But, sir. Kelly's out in space."

Peter Reeves (Main Mission Section)

Command Center Operative, seen in many episodes of Year 2. He is named

Peter in Catacombs Of The Moon; his surname is on his ID badge. Played by
Robert Reeves.


Main Mission Operative. In most Year 1 episodes from Matter Of Life And Death
on (he is a caveman in The Full Circle). Played by Andy Dempsey
Initially yellow-sleeved, he transferred to Main Mission (his red sleeve is first
seen in The Troubled Spirit; he was one of the few who did not go to the concert).
In most Year 1 episodes from Black Sun on. Played by Mike Stevens.


Main Mission Operative. In most Year 1 episodes from Ring Around The Moon to
Full Circle. Played by Robert Phillips.

Main Mission Operative, Service sleeve. In many Year 1 episodes from

Breakaway on (in The Infernal Machine, he has a brown Technical sleeve). He
was unconscious for a medical procedure in End Of Eternity. Played by Alan
Harris, who was also an Entran prisoner in Devil's Planet
Toshiro Fujita

A Communications Controller with a brown sleeve according to

Black Sun, he was one of those selected for the lifeboat. In other
episodes (Force Of Life, Alpha Child, End Of Eternity) he is a
medic (Helena's deputy was originally named Dr Fujita). Played by
Vincent Wong.

Nuclear technician in Breakaway, he is service section based in Main Mission in

Collision Course (he jumps from the balcony to stop Koenig), and he is a guard
(who again jumps on Koenig) in Alpha Child. He bears a strong resemblence to
the Psychon overseer in The Metamorph. Played by stuntman Alf Joint.

Usually with a Main Mission sleeve, he is not seen in Main Mission. End Of
Eternity, War Games, The Troubled Spirit, and (with a brown sleeve) Space
Brain. Played by Robert Atiko.

Pilot in Last Enemy, otherwise an Alphan in corridors in War Games, Space
Brain, Dragon's Domain, Testament Of Arkadia

Last Enemy, Infernal Machine, Dragon's Domain, Testament Of Arkadia Played

by Andy Sutcliffe

Guardian Of Piri, Force Of Life, Alpha Child, End Of Eternity, War Games. Played
by Raymond Harris

Other Alphans
Here are some of the more recognisable Alphans who appeared in several

Main Mission Operative (Black Sun)/ Security Lt. (Brian The Brain)
(played by Marc Zuber)

Guard - Seed Of Destruction, Space Warp, Immunity Syndrome (played by Jack



This Alphan is usually a medic or pilot, sometimes both in the same episode. In
Devil's Planet he plays Beron, who is released and dies. The Lambda Factor,
The Seance Spectre, Immunity Syndrome

Command Center (in Lambda Factor), Security (in Seance Spectre where he is
named as George), Service and Medical sections. Played by Harry Fielder. He
dies in Immunity Syndrome but is resurrected as a medic in The Dorcons.
June (Main Mission Section)

Main Mission Operative, seen in the early episodes of Year 1 (Earthbound,

Another Time, Another Place, Missing Link, Guardian Of Piri, Force Of Life). June
appears to be Kano's assistant. She is named in Missing Link, where she spills a
tray of coffee and is told off by Kano. Played by June Bolton.
P. Rose (Main Mission/ Technical)

Operative usually based in Command Center, played by Pam Rose. Her name is
seen on her ID badge and, in The AB Chrysalis, on her spacesuit helmet. She
has a red sleeve in The Metamorph, The Exiles, One Moment Of Humanity and
Brian The Brain. She has a brown sleeve in Catacombs Of The Moon, The AB
Chrysalis and Seed Of Destruction.
Operative Allen (Technical / Main Mission Section)

Operative, initially in Technical section, later with a

red sleeve. She often had dialogue. In later episodes
she had a straight fringe.

Seen in The Exiles (her badge has the name "L

Picard" and the picture of another female operative-
actually Jenny Cresswell), New Adam, New Eve,
Catacombs Of The Moon, The AB Chrysalis, Seed
Of Destruction, The Bringers Of Wonder, The
Lambda Factor (her badge reads "C Allen" or "G
Allen"), Devil's Planet. Actress is unknown (possibly
Nina Mitchen).
Anna Wong (Medical / Main Mission Section)

Main Mission Operative (Breakaway, Matter Of Life and Death,

Black Sun)/ Nurse (Full Circle)/ Alphan (The Taybor) (played by
Chai Lee). According to the script of Ring Around The Moon and
her entry in the industry directory "Spotlight" for 1975, her
character name was Anna Wong.

Main Mission operative, named in Mission Of The Darians. Also in Space Brain,
Dragon's Domain and Testament Of Arkadia. Played by Ann Maj-Britt

Nurse (apparently killed in End Of Eternity, but back in The Troubled Spirit (front
row, far right in the concert) and Space Brain) (played by Judith Hepburn)

Alphan - End of Eternity, Karen- The Taybor, Vegan- One Moment Of Humanity
(played by Laraine Humphrys)

"This funny box. I wonder who... I can't see!"

Operative/ Nurse

Main Mission Operative in End Of Eternity and Infernal Machine. A nurse in The
Troubled Spirit (she's at the recital). Played by Jan Rennison (Miss Australia in
the 1965 Miss World competition).


She's in Flight Control in Breakaway, and then pops up throughout Year 1

Main Mission Operative

(On left here, in End Of Eternity.) She panics in Collision Course; she's also in
War Games.

Main Mission Operative

Played by Binu Balini (End Of Eternity, War Games, Troubled Spirit (concert
scene only)

She's on Bergman's left in the Main Mission scene- in the concert scene, she is
between Koenig and Helena.

L Picard
Usually a Command Center operative, she switched to Technical Section half
way through the second series. Her name badge reads "L Picard" - it is readable
in Journey To Where and The Immunity Syndrome (thanks to Chris Dale and
Marcus Lindroos). Presumably she is related to Lew Picard, who dies in
Metamorph. Played by Jenny Cresswell.

A red sleeved receptionist in Metamorph, a nurse in The Exiles, in Command

Center in Journey To Where, Rules Of Luton, Mark of Archanon, she becomes a
technician in Catacombs Of The Moon, A Matter Of Balance, Bringers Of
Wonder, Lambda Factor, Dorzak, Seance Spectre (as a nurse again just for this
episode), Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome and The Dorcons (Maya
transforms into her to hide from the aliens).
Main Mission Operative

Played by Annie Lambert (Collision Course, Death's Other Dominion, Full Circle,
Rules Of Luton, Mark Of Archanon, Brian The Brain, New Adam New Eve)
Other Alphans

Here are some of the more recognisable Alphans who appeared in several

Main Mission Operative. In Earthbound and Missing Link (played by Joy